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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.
Length: apx. 990 miles (total length of the Platte and the North and South Platte Rivers)