Forlorn Hope Party Members
The Forlorn Hope were members of the larger Donner Party. The seventeen original members are shown in the red rectangles below. William Murphy and Karl “Dutch Charley” Burger resigned and returned to the Donner Lake cabins during Day 1. The remaining 15 crossed Donner Pass on Day 2. Seven of the fifteen survived.
Below are “tribute cards” which will be carried by the Expedition team. Each evening members of the team will discuss the day’s events and reflect upon how the Forlorn Hope members must have felt during their trip. These photos and accompanying facts about each one of the party will remind Expedition team members of the courage these brave pioneers exhibited, and the selfless love they showed towards their family members and fellow man.