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Governor Boggs Survived the Donner Party

Not only did Governor Lilburn Boggs survive the Donner Party, he nearly had me killed, though he was long dead by the time I was born. 13 more words

Desperate Measures

Squeeze the marrow

from bones human

fragments found with

cut marks curious

what survival entails

kept awake seven

days kept hungry

for eleven seams

begin peeling combs… 6 more words


In Truckee, Ca

I’m sitting in Wild Cherries with a vanilla latte. It’s really quite beautiful here. There are puffy white clouds and super blue sky. You can see snow on the ridges and it’s way cooler than at home. 341 more words

Conrad in the Underworld

Following yesterday, here is Book 31 from To the House of the Sun, and my version of the Underworld journey.

In Books 29 and 30, Conrad has spent the winter of 1865 communing with the ghosts of the Donner Party at Donner Lake; but upon seeing his starved body suddenly rejuvenating, they flee, and he begins to sink through the earth. 2,505 more words


Review! To Stay Alive by Skila Brown

To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party

By Skila Brown

304 pages – ages 12+

Will be published by Candlewick on October 11, 2016… 302 more words


The Emigrants' Guide to Lansford Hastings

California was the “Promised Land” in the mythos of the American West.  In the mid-nineteenth century, reports of its beautiful open lands and precious metals captivated would-be settlers seeking prosperity and renewal.   1,339 more words


Brush-Up on Your History: History's Most Infamous Act of Mass Cannibalism

On February 19, 1847, the first rescue party reached 45 pioneers stuck in the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains of northeast California. They’d been stranded there with virtually no food or supplies for four months, and lost 36 companions, many of whom they ate in order to stay alive. 282 more words

Historical Study