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Donner Trail 1846

The Donner Party, led by George and Jacob Donner and James F. Reed, passed here and crossed the nearby Jordan River about September 2, 1846. This party, consisting of 81 persons –35 of them children — was delayed 2 weeks building a road via Emigration Canyon. While crossing the Great Salt Lake Desert, they lost some wagons and many animals. As a result of this misfortune and the delays en route, the party became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where many of them perished that winter.

This historic marker is located in the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City and is U.P.T.L.A. Marker # 7, others in that series are listed here.

(Utah State Fairgrounds 900 West North Temple.)