Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ogallala in Keith County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Great Platte River Road

1841- 1866

 
 
The Great Platte River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
1. The Great Platte River Road Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Great Platte River Road marker series.
 
Location. 41° 7.555′ N, 101° 43.076′ W. Marker is in Ogallala, Nebraska, in Keith County. Marker is at the intersection of East A Street and West Second Street on East A Street. Click for map. This

The Great Platte River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
2. The Great Platte River Road Marker
marker is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of East A Street and West Second Street. It is marker no. 2 of the Historic Walk of Fame in Ogallala, NE. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201East A Street, Ogallala NE 69153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Great Platte River Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pony Express (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Standard Oil Gas Station (about 500 feet away); Highways 26 and 92 (about 500 feet away); End of the Texas Trail (about 500 feet away); California Hill (about 600 feet away); The Mormon Trail (about 700 feet away); The Union Pacific (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Ogallala.
 
Also see . . .  The Great Platter River Road - Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 20, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement