Friday, November 25, 2005

CA Historical Landmark #719

Grave of
Elitha Cumi Donner Wilder

California State Historical Landmark #719

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This landmark is located in the Elk Grove masonic cemetary at the junction of Highway 99 and Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, California. There are 57 other California State Historical Landmarks in Sacramento County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 24.510 W 121° 23.213.

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This survivor of the ill-fated Donner Party was the daughter of George and Mary Blue Donner. Born near Springfield, Illinois, in 1832, she arrived in California in December 1846 with her sister, Leanna Charity Donner, and was rescued by the first relief party to reach the tragic scene. Married to Benjamin W. Wilder in 1853, she died on July 4, 1923, survived by her sister and two children.

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