[Western Expansion]. Photograph of Donner Lake, Truckee, California. Measuring 8.5" x 7.25", this beautiful black and white photograph by H. K. Gage, taken on June 11, 1879, captures the serenity of the lake with snow capped mountains in the background. A two-story cabin sits off to the left with another directly in front of it. However, the tranquility of the scene belies a darker story. The caption affixed below the photograph reminds us of the tragic history of the area: "Scene of the Tragedy of the Donner Party in 1846-47." The infamous Donner party was a group of 87 pioneers who headed west toward California in hopes of a better life. Trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada (the mountains in the photo), many died and the survivors, who were starving, resorted to cannibalizing the dead. Mounted and framed to an overall size of 19.5" x 15.5".

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