The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

Book - 1999
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Uses materials from letters and diaries written by survivors of the Donner Party to relate the experiences of that ill-fated group as they endured horrific circumstances on their way to California in 1846-47.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, 1999.
ISBN: 9780395866108
0395866103
Branch Call Number: J/979.403/CALA
Characteristics: 192p. 28cm.

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The first part of the journey went smoothly, but fighting within the party, poor decisions, and bad luck meant that they reached the Sierras in December, at least a month later than they should have crossed them. Trapped by a blizzard, only 47 people survived out of the 90 people in the group.

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