Community and Society

Donner Party

Part 1: The Picnic

The Donner Party was a group of families that set off overland for California in ox-drawn covered wagons in 1846. They planned a two-thousand-mile, five-month walk across the continent to new opportunities, but were trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by the terrible winter of 1846-47.
About half died, and some of the survivors resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Their story has become a tragic icon of the American West.

Gold 'N Silver Inn

The Gold 'N Silver's motto is simple: “Like home, we never close.”

Located on Fourth Street near Keystone Avenue in Reno, Gold 'N Silver is known for being open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter what the weather looks like outside. Since it first opened its doors, the restaurant has become the place for state legislators to drink coffee while talking politics and for parents to take their children out for dinner.


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