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Platte River, Grand Island

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The Platte River is a major river in the state of Nebraska and is about 310mi long. Measured to its farthest source via its tributary the North Platte River, it flows for over 1050mi. The Platte River is a tributary of the Missouri River, which itself is a tributary of the Mississippi River which flows to the Gulf of Mexico. The Platte over most of its length is a muddy, broad, shallow, meandering stream with a swampy bottom and many islands—a braided stream. These characteristics made it too difficult for canoe travel, and it was never used as a major navigation route by European-American trappers or explorers.The Platte is one of the most significant tributary systems in the watershed of the Missouri, draining a large portion of the central Great Plains in Nebraska and the eastern Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming. The river valley played an important role in the westward expansion of the United States, providing the route for several major emigrant trails, including the Oregon, California, Mormon and Bozeman trails. The first Europeans to see the Platte were French explorers and fur trappers about 1714; they first called it the Nebraskier, a transliteration of the name given by the Otoe people, meaning "flat water". This expression is very close to the French words "rivière plate", the suspected origin of the name Platte River.
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  • "A mile wide and an inch deep" is how the first settlers described the Platte River. A very shallow river in general but not so wide as it once was. However, if you look carefully you can see subtle m...  more »
  • at fort kearney recreation area and rowe sanctuary as well as crane trust. visited march 30- april 2. restaurants i enjoyed_ the egg and i in kearney, the bellen mexican bakery in kearney and the choc...  more »
  • 在alda roadside viewing site看沙丘鹤归巢离巢。 优点:免费。 缺点:离鹤群栖息地 一两百米,不能近距离观看。 建议:带上个望远镜。挑个晴天去,由于阴天,没看到夕阳和朝阳,有点遗憾。高峰时间 傍晚18:45、早上7:15。  more »