The Great Platte River Road

The Great Platte River Road (HMY9L)

Location: Ogallala, NE 69153 Keith County
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N 41° 7.555', W 101° 43.076'

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1841- 1866

When gold was discovered in 1848, California became the main destination. After 1849 many emigrants and gold seekers began traveling the trail on the north side of the Platte. Throughout the peak migration years, the trail to Oregon or California was not a single clearly-defined pathway, but varied depending on weather and destination. Historian Merrill Mattes has estimated that as many as 500,000 people went west on various branches of the Great Platte River Road between 1841 and 1866.

Beginning in the early 1840s, thousands of people began crossing the continent to settle in the Oregon country. Their wagons followed the south bank of the Platte and North Platte Rivers en route to South Pass in the Rockies. Emigrants often described the Platte as a mile wide and inches deep, treacherous to ford, and too muddy to drink.

HM NumberHMY9L
Marker Number2
Placed ByOgallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 3:10pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 271841 N 4556295
Decimal Degrees41.12591667, -101.71793333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 7.555', W 101° 43.076'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 7' 33.30" N, 101° 43' 4.56" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 E A St, Ogallala NE 69153, US
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