In 1846, The Hastings Cutoff Through Utah Was Deadly For The Donner Party

During the mid-1800s, western migration brought thousands of families from the East and Midwest to the West. The Oregon Trail was a popular route for settlers hoping to stake their claims in the Oregon Territory or California, but it was an arduous journey.

Lansford Hastings, a trail guide and explorer, learned of an alternate route that would take wagon trains through Utah, and he called it the Hastings Cutoff. The Donner Party took that route through Utah in 1846, and the diversion is often blamed for the delay that ended up costing many of the travelers their lives later that winter.

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Did you know that the decision to take the Hastings Cutoff contributed to the tragedy of the Donner Party?

Utahns have also suffered through many disasters and horrible accidents that have claimed many lives. Here are 12 of the worst disasters in the Beehive State.

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