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The Donner Party

After seeing it mentioned in a thread here, I kinda went into a rabbit hole reading about it. Man what a tragic affair all around. And it wasn't even a one night/moment tragedy like the Dyaltov incident but tragic episodes one after another.

Such a shame a shame a good, accurate miniseries hasn't been done about it.

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1706/29/2020

It's a delicious story! Lip-smacking good.

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 106/28/2020

I'm going off memory from what they taught is school as a kid, but I believe they made some costly logistical mistakes -- took an untested shortcut in Utah which wasn't really a shortcut, and which ended up costing them more time and travel. By the time they reached the Sierra Nevadas, it was October.

No way can you traverse those Sierra Nevada mountains in October. Imposing, technically challenging, and ice-cold.

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by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 206/28/2020

*taught us in school as a kid^^

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 306/28/2020

You should watch the PBS documentary by Ric Burns - it is very compelling.

Fab facts: Lewis Keseberg, a member of the party who seemed to take most to cannibalism and was rumored to have killed Tamzene Donner and feasted on her liver, later opened a restaurant (I think in Sacramento). Someone brought their 70-year-old mother on the trip, who promptly died (early enough on the trip that she was not eaten. RIP). When they started going hungry, they drew lots to see who should be killed and eaten; they couldn't bear to kill the guy who drew the long straw, but when a few of them began to die off, the guy who drew the long lot was still the first to be eaten; I was amused by this - seems like they all had their eye on him once he drew the lot.

Anyway, it's all become a bit of a macabre joke, but the documentary is heart wrenching. They were just a bunch of thoroughly unlucky bastards.

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 406/29/2020

The only party I was ever invited to was the Donner party. And then they gave me the cold shoulder!

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 506/29/2020

The Donner Party Diet Breakfast: Jacks Lunch: Franks Dinner: Patties

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 606/29/2020

A few of them were forced to dine on their own parents.

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 706/29/2020

Mercy! I'm out.

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 806/29/2020

Did they eat them raw?

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 906/29/2020

Desperate Passage by Ethan Rarick is an excellent account of this tragedy.

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1006/29/2020

The little doll that Patty Reed carried all the way to California is kept in a museum at Sutter's Fort.

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by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1106/29/2020

R9, yes. Like sashimi.

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1206/29/2020

What is a cannibals favorite way to celebrate?

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1306/29/2020

Here is Truckee where they got snowed in.

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by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1406/29/2020

[quote] And it wasn't even a one night/moment tragedy like the Dyaltov incident

What’s the Dyaltov incident?

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1506/29/2020

I saw a documentary on the Donner party. It was like watching a slow-moving train wreak. It said if they had been about 8 hours faster they would have been over the worst of the Sierras and could have made it. One family always claimed they were the one family who didn't end up eating human flesh. Mama fed them their dead ox. Sure Mama, that was ox meat, all of it.

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1606/29/2020

Raw Like Sushi

by Don't Hitler me. I did a search before starting this thread.reply 1706/29/2020
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