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Author recounts 1800s trip from Michigan to Nevada City

Join the Nevada County Historical Society tonight for a presentation by author Robert Davis, who will speak about his great-great-grandmother’s trip across the country from Michigan to Nevada City in 1849-1850.

Sarah Davis, along with other family members, traveled in covered wagons across rivers, mountain ranges and deserts; ate snow in July; saw her sister-in-law die from cholera; crossed the Great Salt Desert in today’s western Utah; and saw death and destruction along the Forty-Mile Desert in today’s Nevada.

Sarah began her ascent of the Sierra Nevada in a snowstorm, crossed the Sierra Nevada near Donner Pass, and arrived in Nevada City in mid-October 1850. Robert recently published “Following Sarah,” which details Sarah’s journey.

Davis will show photographs and maps of Sarah’s route. Presentation will take place in the Conference Room of the Madelyn Helling Library and is open for public attendance with free admission. Refreshments are provided. Presentation starts at 7 tonight and last approximately one hour.

For more NCHS information, visit or contact President Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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