Adventure and Tragedy on the Trail

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Date: August 18, 2015

Among the thousands of wagon trains that traveled the emigrant trails, there is one that stands out as an example of having the worst luck.

Join Amanda Gibbs of Legacy of the Plains Museum as she portrays Virginia Reed, a survivor of the calamity that befell her party in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Virginia will be looking back on her experiences as a 13 year old in 1846 when her family crossed the continent with the Donners. Even before reaching the California mountains, they experienced a string of poor decisions and poor fortune. Experience these reminiscences on Saturday, August 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the visitor center.

The Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The summit road remains open from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.All Monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset. Please inquire about the Scotts Bluff National Monument Annual Pass valid for one year from the purchase date. Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules can be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website at or Facebook at

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Last updated: August 18, 2015

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