I have been to Donner Lake in the winter. Used the pass to go into Scaramento. It is extremely beautiful there and cold! I have been to the Memorial Park also. As I looked around me imagining all they endured it was amazing anyone survived.
One-hundred and sixty-one years ago this month, the emigrants trapped at the lake weathered the seventh and eighth storms of the winter. On the 19th they were heartened by the arrival of the long-expected relief party, right. This First Relief had been organized by settlers around Johnson's Ranch and Sutter's Fort. Seven men made the difficult journey on snowshoes through the deep snows, each man carrying 50 pounds of provisions. After distributing the provisions, the First Relief gathered up 21 of the emigrants who were strong enough to travel, mostly children, and headed back. John Denton, Donner friend and teamster, and three-year old Ada Keseberg died on the march out. Twelve-year old William Hook, Jacob Donner's step-son, died after over-eating at the relief camp at Bear Valley. As the survivors were leaving Bear Valley, they met James Reed, who was leading the Second Relief. After his failed relief attempt in November, Reed had fought in the California Revolt, presented land claims in the San Jose area, and raised money for the Second Relief. On the 13th, the Monterey Californian published the first account of the tragedy that contained most of the elements of the story as told to this day.
Hello everyone!All of you that would like to post some things about the pioneers,you are more than welcome to do so.Have a good day!Hugs to all~Gail