Ogallala and the Platte Valley

Ogallala and the Platte Valley (HM163E)

Location: Ogallala, NE 69153 Keith County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 7.211', W 101° 36.228'

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This region holds much that is significant to the history of the West. At this point, I-80 follows the route of the Overland Trail, along the South Platte River. Leaving the South Platte near here, the trail continued up the North Platte Valley, today route of U.S Highway 26. Beginning in 1841, an estimated quarter of a million travelers crossed the plains over this great natural highway. Oregon and California were early goals, and the Platte Valley later became an important freighting and military route. The Pony Express used the Platte River Road, and when the first trans-continental railroad was completed in 1869, it too followed the valley.

Nearby Ogallala was a wild and woolly cowtown from 1875 to 1885 when it was the northern terminus of the Texas Trail. Located on the Union Pacific Railroad, the town was a shipping point for great herds of Texas Longhorns, and the chief gateway to the newly opened ranges of the Northern Plains. Boot Hill, which still survives, was the final resting place for many who helped make Ogallala the Cowboy Capital of Nebraska.

HM NumberHM163E
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number97
Placed ByNebraska Department of Roads/Nebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7:29pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 281404 N 4555366
Decimal Degrees41.12018333, -101.60380000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 7.211', W 101° 36.228'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 7' 12.66" N, 101° 36' 13.68" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-859 W Roscoe Srv Rd, Ogallala NE 69153, US
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