Donner Pass, a high mountain pass in the northern Sierra Nevada, located above Donner Lake about nine miles (14 km) west of Truckee, California.  It is a narrow pass with a very steep approach from the east, and a gradual approach from the west.  The pass received its name from a group of California-bound emigrants.  In early November 1846, the Donner Party found the route blocked by snow and was forced to spend the winter on the eastern side of the mountains. Of the 81 emigrants, only 45 survived to reach California; some of them resorted to cannibalism to survive.

Description Source - Library of Congress

Year - Circa 1870

Donner Pass & Lake, Sierra Nevada Mountains

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