Pioneer Memorial

The Pioneer Statue stands in Donner Memorial State Park in California as a memorial to the ill-fated Donner party. The group of 90 migrants from Springfield, Illinois was stranded at the pass over the winter of 1846-47 by snow estimated to be 22 feet deep. Forty-two members of the party died during the winter from starvation or exposure.

The Pioneer Statue stands in Donner Memorial State Park in California as a memorial to the ill-fated Donner party. The group of 90 migrants from Springfield, Illinois was stranded at the pass over the winter of 1846-47 by snow estimated to be 22 feet deep. Forty-two members of the party died during the winter from starvation or exposure.

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  1. hello jim streeter its dennis the vizsla dog hay i hav herd abowt this donner party but i do not no why they kall it that it duz not seem like mutch of a party to me!!! i kan only imadjin wot that must hav ben like to be trappd up in the mowntins in winter like that!!! wel i meen i wuz lost for some time owt in the kanyuns and sutch in the desert befor i wuz reskyewd but we did not hav to kontend with twenny feet of snow!!! ok bye

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    • Dennis, the snow was as high as the top of the monument because when the search party finally arrived and found the survivors, they had cut all of the trees down to the level of the snow. so when the snow melted next summer, the others could see how much snow was actually there when the people were found. there are stories that the dead were eaten by the survivors, so savor your canned dog food or the dry food out of the bag. Have a great weekend. Jim

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