New UM Research To Emerge On Donner Party





MISSOULA, Mont. -- University of Montana archaeologists are using DNA technology to get to the bottom of the Donner Party's deadly migration to the West.

The surviving travelers are rumored to have resorted to cannibalism, but recent research has turned up no proof.

Local scholars tell me many questions still remain.

In 1846, The Donner Party dreamed of gold and land in the West.

"They were going on the trail west for manifest destiny," says Joyce Doyle of the Missoula Public Library....


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