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The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate

Eliza Poor Donner Houghton

Book Overview: 

The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the “westering fever” of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846–1847, some of the emigrants resorted to cannibalism. Although this aspect of the tragedy has become synonymous with the Donner Party in the popular imagination, it actually was a minor part of the episode.

The author was about 4 at the time. The first part of the book accounts the tragic journey and rescue attempts; the last half are reminiscences of the child orphan, passed from family to family while growing up.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Murphy, Graves, and Breen cabins. The last mentioned was the relic of earlier travellers[4] and had been grizzled by the storms of several winters. Yet, despite their better accommodations, our companions at the lake were harassed by fears like ours. They too were short of supplies. The game had left the mountains, and the fish in the lake would not bite.

Different parties, both with and without children, had repeatedly endeavored to force their way out of that wilderness of snow, but each in turn had become confused, and unconsciously moved in a circle back to camp. Several persons had become snow-blind. Every landmark was lost, even to Stanton, who had twice crossed the range.

All now looked to the coming of McCutchen and Reed for deliverance. We had every reason to expect them soon, for each had left his family with the company, and had promised to return with succor. Moreover, Stanton had brought tidings that the timely assistance of himself and co. . . Read More

Community Reviews

What a grim and harrowing ordeal the Donner party and their companions went through. In spite of that, I really enjoyed this memoir from one of the surviving Donner children. The writing itself is very good; I found it to be very simple and straightforward and above all intriguing, especially consid

This is quite an interesting memoir, written by one of the Donner Party survivors. I care not to recount the story for anyone that isn't familiar with it, beyond saying the Donner Party was a group of American pioneers who, in 1846-7, became snowbound in Sierra Nevada mountain range and, in some ins

The memoir written by Eliza Donner, the youngest of the Donner children who lost their parents in the mountains. Eliza was four when her wealthy family set out from their comfortable home in Illinois to seek the new wealth in California. She remembers things in great detail, especially the time afte

This was so so interesting.  Usually books that describe the events of the Donner Party spend little time recounting what happened after the recovery parties, and when it does recount what happened, it was mostly to share in the scandal of Keseberg's tarnished reputation and the gossip spread about

I've always been interested into the Oregon Trail and the Donner Party was certainly a name I knew. I thoroughly gained a whole new perspective on the truth of this tragic story. I want to add, some people may be disappointed because the truth is not as gruesome as the newspapers made it out to be.

L'autrice è una dei superstiti della carovana Donner, partita dall'est civilizzato degli states per i territori selvaggi dell'ovest, per restare bloccata da precoci nevicate sulla Sierra Nevada, diventando sinonimo di cannibalismo per sopravvivenza.
Eliza Donner era la più piccola della numerosa fami

Worth the long read

Somewhat long, but FULL of interesting facts. This book is well worth the time it takes to read in its entirety.

Listened to this on Libra Vox. I think this account reflects many people's experiences during the Westward movement. I was pleased to learn that the canniblism so associated with this expedition has been greatly exaggerated. It was an interesting look at the events through the eyes of a child, but a

A tragic account of the lost Donner Party, written by Mr. Donner's daughter in 1910. Not only was she there, she lived through it and later researched it thoroughly to give an accurate first-hand account. Written in a different style, but once you get used to it, the book becomes quite interesting.

I'll admit that I am not a Pioneer scholar and living in California for my whole life, I have heard the Donner Party mentioned in numerous ways over the years without fully understanding their actual story. Although others will contest that Eliza Donner and her sisters were too young to fully compre

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