Thursday, February 19, 2009

This Day in History: Donner Party Rescued

February 19th, 1847 is when the grizzly rescue/discovery of the Donner Party was made. In the spirit of cabin fever: Cue the music at the beginning of The Shining as Jack Torrance is winding up the mountain road in his Plymouth Valiant.
Wendy: Wasn't it around here that the Donner party got snowbound?

Jack: I think that was farther west, in the Sierras.

Danny: What was the Donner party?

Jack: They were a party of settlers in covered wagon times. They got snowbound one winter in the mountains. They had to resort to cannibalism in order to stay alive.

Danny: You mean they ate each other up?

Jack: They had to, in order to survive.

Wendy: Jack.

Danny: Don't worry, Mom. I know all about cannibalism. l saw it on TV.

Jack: See, it's okay. He saw it on the television.

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