Picturing History: North Platte, Nebraska, on the Mormon Pioneer Trail

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Picturing History: North Platte, Nebraska, on the Mormon Pioneer Trail


Mays, Kenneth, Deseret News (Salt Lake City)


One of the significant sites along the Mormon Pioneer Trail in the state of Nebraska is the present-day city of North Platte. This city is situated at the confluence of the North Platte and South Platte rivers which then become the Platte River flowing eastward to Plattsmouth, Nebraska. There it merges with the Missouri River.

The members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and countless others followed the Platte River west for hundreds of miles to the confluence at the city of North Platte. They then had to choose to follow either the North Platte River or South Platte River. Most travelers, including Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers, chose to follow the North Platte River in a northwesterly direction rather than the South Platte River.

Of interest to students of Latter-day Saint history is the fact that near the eastern edge of the city of North Platte, Elder Orson Pratt modified a design for an odometer that could be used to measure the distances traveled. …

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