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 Paperback: 376 pages
 Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 22, 2015)

In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. 746 more words


C = Cannibalism, A to Z Blog Challenge

Cannibalism is the act of eating one’s own species. Some peoples practiced it as part of their culture. Others resort to it in times of famine or terrible ordeal, like the Donner Party. 656 more words

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How the Donner Party Affected the Pioneers' Arrival in the Salt Lake Valley

In my most recent Deseret News article, I explore How the Donner Party Affected the Pioneers’ Arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

“Had there been no Donner Party in 1846, there likely would not have been a Mormon entry into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.”

2015 Mid-Year Forecasts

Pig spleen forecasts are a thing. Some guy in Saskatchewan took a boo at a spleen and called the weather. He claims to have 80-90% accuracy. 684 more words


14. Bugging over Donner Pass

Nine miles outside Truckee, Donner pass is a mere seven thousand feet in elevation, but the road to the summit is steep. Cars are required to use chains in bad weather. 643 more words


The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

What an excellent, non-ficition book about the experiences of the participants in the Donner party, many of whom starved trying to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains in the 1840’s. 43 more words


D is for Donner Party (1846-1847): Cannibalism in the Snow en Route to the Promised Land

Friends of ours have a beautiful cabin near Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevadas. During one of our Fall hikes years ago, on a day that the orange and yellow leaves formed a colorful contrast with the cooling but bright blue sky, we stumbled upon the famous spot where a group 0f 87 migrants, the so-called Donner Party, stranded in the snow during a heavy winter which hindered the group from crossing the mountains in the winter of 1846. 1,502 more words