Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party
In the winter of 1846, the Donner Party was stranded by heavy snows in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The pioneers endured bitter hardships and many of them died. But some survived, including eight-year-old Patty Reed, a girl filled with dignity and determination in the face of mortal danger. This is her story, as told by Dolly, the wooden doll she kept hidden in her dress.
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SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS 1846
THE FIRST NIGHT OUT
FROM SPRINGFIELD TO INDEPENDENCE
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