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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 Bill Coughlin, August 3, 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 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. A few feet southeast of this point, ruts made by 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 – Historical
The Great Platte River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
2. The Great Platte River Road Marker
Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 111.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Platte River Road marker series.
 
Location. 41° 8.312′ N, 101° 5.755′ W. Marker is in Sutherland, Nebraska, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 159, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Rest Area at mile marker 159. 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. Crossing the Overland Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Great Platte River Road (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
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The Great Platte River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
3. The Great Platte River Road Marker
Wagon Ruts image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
4. Wagon Ruts
Depressions made by thousands of emigrants who passed this point over a century ago can still be seen not far from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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