The Donners actually set out on this day.
They were surprised when they saw the prices of everything on stuff from food to oxen.
James Reed killed John Snyder when he began whipping his wife and Reed. Reed was banished from the party, and had to go on horseback all the way to California alone.
No human bones were actually found, but some believe that the party participated in cannibalism.
The Donner Party was found in the Sierra Mountains on this day. So many were traveling in this group, that it took weeks to rescue them all.
The Donners, and many others, embarked on this great journey to California. They started in Independence, Missouri.
When the Donners reached Fort Bridger, they were waiting for Lansford Hastings to take them to a shortcut through the wilderness.
There was much hardship when the party was crossing the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Flats of Utah.
James Reed killed a man, and is banished from the party. He now has to travel alone on horseback.
Charles Stanton came to rescue the Donners with two indian slaves.
The main character Douglas Deeds, did not want to become an eater of the dead. He ran off to the woods so when he died he wouldn't be eaten.