Margie Powell Hike, August 11/12, 2018

Donner Party Hikes
- September 15-16, 2018

June 9 - 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Pioneer Monument at the Donner Lake State Park. All Day 11 AM - 4 PM 530-583-9911

Sierra Speaker Series: Canine Search for the Donner Family Camps at Alder Creek with John Grebenkemper
April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Free
Picture of a Canine Forensics Investigator in the FieldsINFORMATION: Complimentary refreshments will be served, with beverages available for purchase. A $5 donation is suggested for this free program. Parking is free.

In early November 1846, the George and Jacob Donner families and their teamsters arrived at Alder Creek, about 3 miles north of downtown Truckee. The divided Donner families had decided to camp at Alder Creek because there was less snow than at the Donner Lake camps. Over the next 5 months, eight people camped at Alder Creek would die from starvation. Recent exploration by canines from the Institute for Canine Forensics have located human remains scent in the Alder Creek area.

This talk will explore the Donner party travels cross-country and their winter camps at Alder Creek. The canine results and other evidence suggest the specific locations of the George and Jacob Donner camps. These two camps are hundreds of yards from the traditional area associated with the Donner family camps.

Doors open at 5 pm | Program begins at 5:30pm


Walking Through Donner Summit History
Donner Summit is the most important historical square mile in California and maybe the entire Western United States. Native Americans crossed for thousands of years. The first emigrants to arrive in California with wagons came over Donner Summit. The first transcontinental railroad, the first transcontinental highway, the first transcontinental air route, and the first transcontinental telephone line all crossed Donner Summit. The first person to bicycle around the world went over Donner Summit, as did the first person to make a motorized crossing of the U.S. and the first people to attempt to cross the country in an automobile. That’s just a bit of the richness that is Donner Summit history.

Then there are the fun small stories: frozen turkeys roosting in the trees, the two-story out house at the Summit Hotel, blindfolded mules, and the Spider Dance.

You can walk through Donner Summit history, where it all took place. In the walks described here you will read the stories, “hear” history through people’s words, and see the historical photographs that bring the history to life.

Link to purchase the book 218 pages ©2015

You can purchase the book on line (link above), via regular mail, at the Soda Springs General Store, at the Donner Summit Historical Society, at the Donner Memorial State Park, or via regular mail (P.O. 1 Norden, 95724) The cost is $25 which includes sales tax, shipping and handling.