Mormon Trail: Platte River


This page provides a description of the Platte River on the Mormon Trail


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Platte River

Platte River


Length: apx. 990 miles (total length of the Platte and the North and South Platte Rivers)
Source: Eastern Rocky Mountains
Outflow: Missouri River

The Platte River played a crucial role in America’s westward expansion. Significant portions of the Oregon and Mormon Trails followed the shallow river. The Platte River is one of the most important migratory stopovers for waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, and the endangered Whooping Crane.


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