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Near Elm Creek in Buffalo County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Historic Platte Valley

 
 
Historic Platte Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
1. Historic Platte Valley Marker
Inscription.  Through this valley passed the Oregon Trail, highway for early explorers, fur traders, California-bound gold seekers, freighters, and brave pioneers seeking new homes in the West. Traffic was especially heavy from 1843 to 1866. At times as many as 800 wagons passed this point daily, heading both directions. The pony Express passed through the valley, followed by the first telegraph lines. This was also the military road to western destinations. Beginning in 1847, the Mormons broke a new trail on the north side of the Platte.

Indian raids by the Sioux and Cheyenne were severe in the 1860’s, and several attacks occurred near here. During the Plum Creek Massacre a few miles west, wagons were burned and several people killed or captured.

Huge herds of buffalo once roamed these prairies, often stopping traffic on the trail. In the 1870’s hunters slaughtered them by the thousands. Today the Platte Valley is one of the nation’s rich agricultural areas, disproving the opinion of early explorers who saw the Great Plains only as the Great American Desert.
 
Erected by Phelps County Historical Society,

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Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 91.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureExplorationRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
 
Location. 40° 38.892′ N, 99° 22.823′ W. Marker is near Elm Creek, Nebraska, in Buffalo County. Marker is on U.S. 183, 0.3 miles south of Interstate 80, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elm Creek NE 68836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tobin Indian Raid (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Historic Platte Valley Marker along with Pony Express Memorial Stone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
2. Historic Platte Valley Marker along with Pony Express Memorial Stone
Historic Platte Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
3. Historic Platte Valley Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,034 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 4, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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