This Day in History – Feb 19, 2018

Donner Party Rescued

On this day in February, 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  After being stranded by heavy snowfall and eating the last of their oxen, they infamously turned to cannibalism for survival.   Although not well known in Canada, it is a somewhat legendary story in the United States.

Good article can be found at this location on the History Channel Website as well as at Legends of America.