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Donner Party Memorial, California

Donner Memorial

Donner Party Memorial, California

This memorial with it's incoherent inscription was erected in honor of the Donner party who famously killed and ate their native guides and then members of their own party when they got stranded while trying to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1846-47. Donner Memorial State Park also has a $35 per night campground, a boat ramp on Donner Lake and a few trails. Also in the park is the Emigrant Trail Museum with some information about the Donner Party and general information about native people and early European settlers.

More about the Donner Party on Wikipedia.