Print version of the S.F. Chronicle edition on Nevada County

The edition is here. Scroll to the “travel” section from the table of contents. We wrote some text and ran an ad to support the project.


(Nevada City photo by Kial James)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “Print version of the S.F. Chronicle edition on Nevada County”

  1. Good work Jeff.
    As for the cannibalism, there was plenty, as members of the party succumbed to the elements and starvation, the survivors were forced to take nourishment from the dead bodies.
    All quite understandable behavior given the circumstances
    But on the second “Forlorn Hope” expedition, Two young Indian men, who we now believe to be Miwok-Nisenan, were murdered and eaten by the Donner Party.
    Their Christian mission names were Salvador and Luis.
    They were ranch hands for John Sutter who ordered them to help rescue the stranded Donner Party.
    During the rescue attempt they did not participate in the cannibalism they witnessed and preferred to keep to themselves, which angered the rest of the party who decided that since they were not considered fully human they should be killed in order to provide fresh meat.
    One member of the party warned them of the plot and they fled.
    But they were hunted down like animals and shot.
    Little known fact but true.

  2. It is in our Firehouse #1 Museum in Nevada City.
    There is a small altar for Luis and Salvador in the Donner display.
    They are cited as Miwok there but we have learned through further research at CHIRP that they may have also been Nisenan.
    I have not seen the new Donner Museum but I hope to soon.
    It would also be nice to see the statue preserved, although the pioneer figures are somewhat mythical and romanticized.

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