Historic Platte Valley
Indian raids by the Sioux and Cheyenne were severe in the 1860ís, 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 1870ís hunters slaughtered them by the thousands.
Today the Platte Valley is one of the nationís 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, Historical
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
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.
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).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 32 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.