Platte River

Phelps County Marker Monday

Location: 701-749 5th Ave, Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska; 40.439180, -99.37061

hand drawn map of river with many islands

hand drawn map of river with many islands

How difficult was it to cross the Platte River without a bridge? This 1866 map gives you some idea. The river was notorious for its braided channel and patches of quicksand. The map shows the best places to ford.

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6411-6467 Lincoln Hwy, Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska 40.699488, -99.16328

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