Truckee, California: Donner Party Monument - Cannibals! Team Field Report

Donner Memorial State Park

12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA
At Donner Memorial State Park. I-80 exit 184. Turn west onto Donner Pass Rd. The Park entrance will be on the left. Bear left to the Museum and Monument.
Daily 10-5 (Call to verify)
Free to visit, but fee to park.
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Donner Party Monument.

Donner Party Monument - Cannibals!
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Where Donner Bodies Were Buried

About 200 yards from the monument is a marker on the site of a cabin where the bodies were buried. These were found by a military party passing through later.

[John Reed, 07/03/2016]
Donner Party Monument - Cannibals!

Movie at the Donner Party museum is great. You can read the book "Ordeal by Hunger" before visiting, based on diaries of those stranded. Awesome read. Also petroglyphs nearby on Old Hwy 49 heading up towards Soda Springs found at end of Donner lake. Nice views too.

[River, 08/24/2014]

Donner Camp Picnic Ground.

Donner Party Monument - Cannibals!

I'm a bit of a history buff, so when I saw "Donner Camp Picnic Ground Historical Site" my jaw dropped, I started laughing, and just had to pull over for a picture. Did the designer of this park have a sick sense of humor? I perused the grounds, reading over the signage, and it appears there was some glossing over of the more sensationalized aspects of the story. Very interesting, and not a bad place to stop for lunch. I won't be surprised if some entrepreneurial soul starts coming by with a gourmet lunch truck serving Donner Camp themed dishes.

[Ransom Stark, 08/02/2012]

Donner Party monument.

Donner Party Monument - Cannibals!

At the Donner Party Monument, there are a lot of puddles on a rainy day.

[Jordan Flower, 10/25/2010]

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