Platte River

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  • The Platte River is a major Nebraska river approximately 310 miles in length. A major tributary of the Platte, the North Platte River, extends the combined length of the two rivers to between 850 and 1,050 miles to its origin in Colorado. The Platte flows into the Missouri River, which in turn is tributary to the Mississippi River. French explorers and trappers in the early eighteenth century named it the Nebraskier as a transliteration of the Otoe for “flat water.” It was later renamed plate or “flat” from the French.

    The Platte forms east of the city of North Platte in western Nebraska. There the North Platte and South Platte rivers come together. Both tributaries arise from snowmelt east of the Continental Divide. The South Platte ...

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