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Mormon Trail: Platte River

 

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

 

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Mormon Trail Stops

 
1. Home
2. Nauvoo, Illinois
3. Council Bluffs, Iowa
4. Platte River
5. Great Plains
6. Chimney Rock
7. Rocky Mountains
8. Great Salt Lake

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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