Explore California: Donner Memorial State Park

California State Parks Foundation likes to feature the many state parks that we enjoy in the Golden State. Most people around the nation are familiar with the ill-fated Donner party and the macabre ending of their journey, and the state park memorializes the event. On Nov. 19, the California State Parks Foundation featured Donner Memorial State Park on their website. It begins:

A brief history:

This area has been home to the Washoe tribe for more than 9,000 years. In the mid-1800s, many emigrants began to enter California – the park gets its namesake from the Donner Party, a group of American pioneers who migrated from the Midwest in 1846. Snowfall was so heavy that winter that the group became trapped and many people in the party lost their lives. The park is named after the group’s leader, George Donner, who passed away on the journey.

Read the entire article, which features highlights and fun winter activities to do at the park HERE.