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THE DONNER PARTY
  • The Donner Party Bulletin A publication from Kristin Johnson who has done extensive research on the Donners. These bulletins are intended to keep folks informed of ongoing research and new findings on all members of the Donner Party.
  • The Donner Party A transcript of the PBS Special
  • The Donner Party web site in honor of their 150th anniversary and the tradegy encountered in their emigration along the Oregon Trail.
  • A Donner Party Daily Log
  • New Light On The Donner Party: includes a roster, myths and misperceptions, and recently discovered information.
  • The First News About the Donner Party This report was published in the California Star shortly after a rescue party left Sutter's Fort to search for survivors in the Sierras
  • More Donner Party information
  • The Donner Party: Dire Necessity and Forlorn Hope An Essay
  • Distressing News This is the first word to reach San Francisco of the great human disaster later known as the Donner Party. It was published in the “California Star” shortly after a rescue party left Sutter’s Fort to search for survivors in the Sierra.
  • The Donner Party from the Truckee-Donner Historical Society
  • The Survivors and Casualties of the Donner Party An exact accounting of the Donner Party is made difficult by deciding exactly when the Donner Party actually formed.
  • History Of The Donner Party by C.F. McGlashan From the Preface: "More thrilling than romance, more terrible than fiction, the sufferings of the Donner Party form a bold contrast to the joys of pleasure-seekers who to-day look down upon the lake from the windows of silver palace cars."
  • The Patrick Breen Diary
  • The Miller-Reed Diary: (1846-1847) and also The Donner Relief Party Diary : (1846-1847)
  • Across the Plains in the Donner Party: Virginia Reed Murphy
  • Donner Party Miscellany Some interesting notes, bits and pieces of letters, instructions, etc.
  • Maps of the Donner Party Includes James Reed's map of the Humboldt River, the route of the Snowshoe Party, map of the Cabin Sites, and Map of Donner Camp Area in a Topo Map
  • Some new pages on the Donner Party in honor of their 150th anniversary and the tradegy encountered in their emigration along the Oregon Trail.
  • More Donner Party information

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  • THE WHITMAN PARTY

  • Defendant's Request: Whitman Massacre Trial, 1851 This document shows that the defendants believed that the Whitmans poisoned the Indians so that they could take their lands and horses.
  • Geology around the Whitman Mission Sand and gravel terraces along the River near Whitman Mission National Historic Site are evidence of a more recent event – the Ice Age. Prevailing geologic theory suggests that during glaciation, spectacular catastrophic floods raged through this area, carving the channeled scablands and forming the Columbia River gorge
  • John McLoughlin: Father of Oregon, Meets Narcissa Whitman John McLoughlin was one of the most influential figures of the fur trade and settlement periods of Pacific Northwest history.
  • Marcus Whitman A biography
  • People in the West: Marcus and Narcissa Whitman From the PBS web site
  • Narcissa Whitman Written by Amber and Heather, St. George Elementary third and fourth grade classes.
  • Narcissa Whitman A complete biography
  • "The Pioneer Road Builders" A narrative by Nineveh Ford, a pioneer traveling with Marcus Whitman to Oregon in 1843. This is the website of Cecil Houk who is the great great grandson of Neneveh Ford. Visit Cecil's Website for lots of Historical and Geneological information
  • Very complete account of the Whitman Massacre includes newspaper accounts of the day
  • The Whitman Massacre Trial: A Clash of Cultures from the Oregon State Archives
  • So We Die Besides Marcus and Narcissa, eleven other whites were killed before the massacre was over, including two Sager boys.
  • Uncomfortable history: The Whitman Massacre From the Seattle Times
  • Narcissa Prentiss: American Martyr
  • The Letters of Narcissa Whitman Letters written along the trail in 1836
  • The Letters and Journals of Narciss Whitman From 1836 - 1847
  • The Mission at Waiilatpu Waiilatpu, meaning "place of the people of the rye grass," is the site of a mission founded in 1836 among the Cayuse Indians by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. As emigrants began moving across the continent into the Pacific Northwest during the 1840's, the mission also became an important station on the Oregon Trail.
  • The Northwest Tribes The Cayuse War: Trouble began at the Presbyterian mission at Waiilatpu in Oregon Country, founded by Marcus Whitman in the 1830s.
  • A Most Unusual Honeymoon Narcissa Whitman
  • The Whitman Mission This was the place where Marcus and Narcissa Whitman finally ended their epic 1836 journey. Their small expedition was the first to bring families to Oregon by wagon
  • The Whitman Mission From the End of the Oregon Trail pages: The first American missionaries to Oregon were Methodists sent west with the blessing of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in New England.
  • The Whitman Mission Captures History The Whitman Mission was doomed by a clash of two cultures
  • The Whitman Mission: The Mission at Waiilatpu Waiilatpu, meaning "place of the people of the rye grass," is the site of a mission founded in 1836 among the Cayuse Indians by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. As emigrants began moving across the continent into the Pacific Northwest during the 1840's, the mission also became an important station on the Oregon Trail.
  • The NPS site for the Whitman Mission National Historic Site. Also includes Historic Photos Then and Now.... and An account of the Whitman Killings
  • The Whitman Mission National Historic Site The Whitmans labored to bring Christianity to the Cayuse, but deep cultural differences and a measles epidemic led to violence in which the Cayuse killed the Whitmans and 11 others in November, 1847. The park preserves the site of Whitman's buildings and Mill Pond, a short segment of the Oregon Trail, and the grave where the victims are buried.
  • The Whitman Mission The mission slowly grew and helped the emigrants pushing west, though progress in spiritual matters with the natives went poorly.
  • The Whitman Mission National Historic Site After ten years of working with the Indians, the mission ended when the Cayuse attacked and killed the Whitmans and 11 others. From: Washington Online Highways
  • The Whitman Route: Too Tough For The Oregon Trail
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site: The mission of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman at Waiilatpu was an important way station in the early days of the Oregon Trail. The Whitmans labored to bring Christianity to the Cayuse, but deep cultural differences and a measles epidemic led to violence in which the Cayuse killed the Whitmans and 11 others in November, 1847.

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