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  • View of Truckee Lake from Donner Pass.

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1. Abraham Lincoln was almost a member of the Donner Party.

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2. An intercepted letter may have sealed the Donner Party's fate.

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  • Map of the route taken by the Donner Party showing Hastings Cutoff

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3. At least four people were deliberately killed during the trip.

4. The Mexican-American War delayed rescue efforts for the Donner Party.

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  • James and Margret Reed.

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5. Most of the snowbound emigrants were children.

6. One determined savior went through a grueling process to rescue children.

7. There were far more male casualties than female in the Donner Party.

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  • Stumps of trees cut at the Alder Creek site by members of the Donner Party.

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8. Nearly all of the solo travelers perished.

Published on 17 Jan 2019