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Near Sutherland in Lincoln County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Great Platte River Road

 
 
The Great Platte River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 4, 2015
1. The Great Platte River Road Marker
Inscription. This is the Platte River Valley, America's great road west. It provided a natural pathway for westward expansion across the continent during the nineteenth century. Here passed the Oregon Trail, following the South Platte River along much the same route as the highway over which you now travel. Beginning in 1841, nearly 250,000 travelers crossed the plains to Oregon and California over this important overland route. Here, at O'Fallon's Bluffs, the wagon trains faced one of the most difficult and dangerous spots on the trail. The Platte River cut directly against the bluff, making it necessary to travel the narrow roadway over O'Fallon's Bluffs. Deep sand caught the wagon wheels and Indian attacks were always a danger. Ruts made by the thousands of wagon wheels still remain. Although first traveled primarily by immigrants, the trail was later used by the Pony Express and became an important freight and military route. With the completion of the trans-continental railroad across Nebraska in 1867, travel on the trail declined. Although the danger and hardships faced by early travelers no longer exist, the Great Platte Valley route remains an important, modern thoroughfare across Nebraska and across the nation.
 
Erected by Department of Roads and Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 110.)
The Great Platte River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 4, 2015
2. The Great Platte River Road Marker

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Great Platte River Road marker series.
 
Location. 41° 8.483′ N, 101° 5.413′ W. Marker is near Sutherland, Nebraska, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 159. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sutherland NE 69165, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Great Platte River Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crossing the Overland Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Purple Heart Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the westbound (northside) Sutherland rest area on Interstate 80.
 
Also see . . .  The Great Platte River Road - Wikipedia. The Great Platte River Road was the convergence point for the Trapper's Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the California Trail, the Pony Express route, and the military road from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Laramie across Nebraska. The Road, which extended from the Second Fort Kearny to Fort Laramie, was utilized primarily from 1841 to 1866. Currently regarded as a sort of superhighway of its times, the road has been referred to as "the grand corridor of America's westward expansion." (Submitted on October 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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