Donner Memorial State Park

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The ghost of Tamsen Donner, one of the famed Donner Party who had to resort to cannibalism after becoming trapped here, is said to roam the grounds at night. Witnesses have seen her as a yellowish, glowing, female figure who hovers above the ground.

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Geographic Information

Address:
12593 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee, CA 96161
United States

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GPS:
39.32376248995115, -120.2311153948288
County:
Nevada County, California
Nearest Towns:
Truckee, CA (2.6 mi.)
Soda Springs, CA (8.0 mi.)
Carnelian Bay, CA (10.4 mi.)
Kingvale, CA (10.6 mi.)
Tahoe Vista, CA (11.2 mi.)
Dollar Point, CA (11.7 mi.)
Floriston, CA (12.2 mi.)
Kings Beach, CA (12.5 mi.)
Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA (12.6 mi.)
Crystal Bay, NV (13.9 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=503

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      • that is true she did die in the park. however there isn’t much record that she was the man eater. Most of the cannibals survived the Donner party because of the extra calories they were in taking. Keseberg ate her for breakfast.

  1. I have to agree, she was one of the last remaining survivors that was left at the Donner Camp at Alder creek along with her husband. he begged her to go with the rescue party but she remained there alongside him hoping to see the next rescue party. But upon the rescue parties return only the body of her husband was found, her body was never recovered. if anything she would be haunting that site or nearby. I may be incorrect on this but I do believe that there were possibly some deaths at the Donner memorial site, perhaps if anything it would be of one of those people who camped there, not Tamzene.

    • I will say one thing about Donner Camp, it had an eerie feel about it. I like going to historical sites and I am not affected by stories I hear about them, but I noticed while walking around the camp this month, that I didn’t even hear or see a bird (even though I was surrounded by forested areas), the breeze that had been blowing through the trees just outside the park was now still. it was like the only thing I could hear were my own thoughts. I felt a little strange in spots that were not next to any signs saying there were any possible settlements there. Could Tamzene or Elizabeth or one of the other members who died there be lost there? who knows

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