Definition of Donner pass
1. Noun. A mountain pass in northeastern California near Lake Tahoe; site where in 1844 some members of an emigrant party survived by eating those who had died.
Generic synonyms: Mountain Pass, Notch, Pass
Donner Pass Pictures
Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Donner Pass Images
Lexicographical Neighbors of Donner Pass
Literary usage of Donner pass
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. History of California by Theodore Henry Hittell (1898)
"By it he could attain the summit at donner pass with lighter ... The problem presented was to ascend seven thousand feet, the height of donner pass, ..."
2. List of North American Land Mammals in the United States National Museum, 1911 by Gerrit Smith Miller, United States National Museum (1912)
"Summit of donner pass, Placer County, California. t*Eutamias speciosus speciosus (Merriam). 1890. Tamias speciosus MERRIAM, Bull. Amer. Mus. Xat. vol. 3, p. ..."
3. Frémont and '49: The Story of a Remarkable Career and Its Relation to the by Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh (1914)
"... surmount the range and arrive at donner pass. Fremont does not mention this lake, afterward named for the unfortunate Donner party already referred to. ..."
4. History of the Northwest Coast by Hubert Howe Bancroft, Henry Lebbeus Oak (1884)
"... Pass first and the donner pass later were the passes leading from the city of Sacramento, at the head of navigation on Sacramento River, to the plateau. ..."
5. Report of the Chief Engineer Upon Recent Surveys, Progress of Construction by Central Pacific Railroad Company (1864)
"The altitude of this pass was ascertained by level and found to be 7031 feet, or sixty feet lower than the donner pass. A railroad line carried through this ..."
6. History of the Pacific States of North America by Hubert Howe Bancroft, William Nemos, Henry Lebbeus Oak, Frances Fuller Victor, Alfred Bates (1884)
"Johnson Pass first and the donner pass later were the passes leading from the city of Sacramento, at the head of navigation on Sacramento River, ..."
7. The Atlantic to the Pacific: What to See, and how to See it by John Erastus Lester (1873)
"7339 Georgetown Pass 7119 donner pass ........ 7056 Henness . ... The Central Pacific Railroad crosses the Sierras by donner pass, and the road-bed at the ..."