Platte River

Platte River (HM1HA2)

Location: Ashland, NE 68003 Cass County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 0.102', W 96° 19.109'

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Eastbound travelers will soon cross the Platte River, which has paralleled the Interstate across most of Nebraska. It has long been noted for its great width and shallow depth. The Platte is a major tributary of the Missouri River, which it flows twenty five miles east of here. In recent years, the amount of water reaching the Missouri has been diminished, due to the increased demand for it in agricultural irrigation.

A short distance above the Platte River bridge, the river is joined by Salt Creek, a small stream whose saline qualities were first recorded by the French in 1718. A site at the mouth of Salt Creek was the home of several different Indian groups over a period of 700 years. Archeological excavations and radio carbon dating give evidence that it was settled by an agrarian people as early as 1000 A.D. Most recently, it was utilized by the Oto Indians, as French explorers recorded their presence here in 1718, though the village was abandoned before 1800. Other pre-historic houses and village sites within a few miles were settled as early as 1000 AD. The presence of the saline deposits made the area especially attractive to both Indian and white. White homesteaders began to take possession of the land as early as 1854.
HM NumberHM1HA2
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Placed ByDepartment of Roads and Nebraska State Historical Society
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
2. Platte River Marker  Marker ConditionNo reports yet Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 6:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 725525 N 4542409
Decimal Degrees41.00170000, -96.31848333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 0.102', W 96° 19.109'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 0' 6.12" N, 96° 19' 6.54" W
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Area Code(s)402
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801 I-80, Ashland NE 68003, US
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