American Experience

The Donner Party

Season 5 Episode 3 | 1h 23m 11s Video has closed captioning.

Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada. The emigrants' fateful journey culminated in death and cannibalism.

Aired: 10/28/92

Expired: 02/01/13

Rating: TV-PG

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