Alcove Spring and Waterfall are located near Independence Crossing, a famous ford where pioneer wagons following the Oregon Trail forded the Big Blue River. The spring was named by a member of the Donner Party in 1846. This location was also the site of the first recorded death in the Donner Party - 70 year old Sarah H. Keyes, who died from consumption.
The spring is productive all year around, but it also is fed by a small seasonal waterfall from snow and other runoff. This photo of the Alcove Spring Waterfall was taken in January. The spring feeds in from the lower right.
October 20th, 2011
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