The Hastings Cutoff: What Really Killed the Donner Party

If I could blame one man for the deaths of 41 people in the Donner Party it would be Lansford Hastings, the creator, founder, director of the Hastings Cutoff disaster, circa 1846. Lansford was born in Ohio to wealthy parents who could trace their American origins back...

Searching for Paradise: Who Is Tamsen Donner?

SPECIAL NOTE: this shortened version of this essay will appear in the anthology, Exploring: Discoveries. Challenges. Adventure. edited by Randell Jones, coming to you spring 2019.  The Donner Party. Snow. Starvation. Cannibalism. Why does this tragedy from 172 years...

Welcome to my Wonderland of Weird West Chronicles

Why does the Old West fascinate us so much? Maybe because it’s America’s origin myth of ordinary people seeking a better life, new adventures, more money, and more freedoms, of course at the cost of the folks who were already there—the Indians and Mexicans. The Old...
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