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Guernsey in Platte County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

North Platte River

 
 
North Platte River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2015
1. North Platte River Marker
Inscription.
In 1739 the brothers Pierre and Paul Mallet, earliest explorers along this riverís lower course, named it after the French word for flat. Although the sighting tube aims at a wide, strong-flowing current, the North Platte is not navigable.

It is unlikely that prehistoric foragers, habituated to arid environs, would have attempted a journey on water. But flint quarries and hematite miners, accustomed to cruising Midwestern rivers and burdened with the products of their labors, might have tried the Platte. In 1812 Robert Stuartís party of eastbound Astorians, recorded discoverers of this ancient, transmontane route of aborigines, wintered a short distance downstream. They fashioned dugout canoes and embarked on the spring floods of 1813, but their craft soon stranded on sandbars and they finished their journey on foot. Eleven years later Tom Fitzpatrick and other trappers again put a boat in the Platte. They encountered wild waters between canyon walls and, though experienced voyageurs, lost a part of Ashleyís valuable furs. There after, mountain men stuck to their horses.

The Platteís chief historical significance, other than as a natural route for transcontinental travel and commerce, relates to the “arid-lands culture theory” of John Wesley Powell, 19th century explorer, ethnologist, engineer and statesman.
North Platte River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2015
2. North Platte River Marker
An agency created through his instigation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, constructed along the Platte one of the westís first great irrigation systems. The prosperity resulting from the regulated spreading of North Platte waters over formerly arid lands is visible for hundreds of miles along the riverís course.
 
Location. 42° 16.15′ N, 104° 44.471′ W. Marker is in Guernsey, Wyoming, in Platte County. Marker is on S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guernsey WY 82214, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Register Cliffs (here, next to this marker); Guernsey Pipeline Station (here, next to this marker); Fort Laramie (here, next to this marker); Mexican Hill (here, next to this marker); Guernsey – Frederick Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Sand Point (a few steps from this marker); Laramie Peak (a few steps from this marker); The Burlington – Northern Railroad (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Guernsey.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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