North Platte River
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Title:North Platte River
Other Names:Ne Braska, Rio Chato, Riviere Platte, North Fork of the Platte River
History:The North Platte River takes its waters from the snow capped peaks of Colorado, through North Park, quickly entering Wyoming through its southern boundary, securing its major drainage as it passes through the valley created by the Medicine Bow Mountains on the east and the Sierra Madre Range of the Rocky Mountains on the west, meandering in a huge loop that nearly touches the center of the state, and finds its outlet on the eastern border no great distance from the southeastern corner of the state. It joins with the South Platte which flows more directly out of Colorado at North Platte, Nebraska, whence it becomes the Platte River. (WPA)
County:Carbon; Natrona; Converse; Platte; Goshen
Feature Category:Water Features
Origin Of Name:The Mallet Brothers, French explorers, gave this stream its name in the year 1739, and the name of the North Platte Project followed that of the river which is its source of water supply. The Mallet Brothers were believed to have had Pawnee guides when they visited the river in the vicinity of Kearney. The Pawnee, and also the Omaha,Indian name for the stream, means "Flat Water," which is assumed to have been translated into the French "La Platte" or "Platte." (Reclamation Era 30:9)The North Platte River takes its waters from the snow capped peaks of Colorado, through North Park, quickly entering Wyoming through its southern boundary, securing its major drainage as it passes through the valley created by the Medicine Bow Mountains on the east and the Sierra Madre Range of the Rocky Mountains on the west, meandering in a huge loop that nearly touches the center of the state, and finds its outlet on the eastern border no great distance from the southeastern corner of the state. It joins with the South Platte which flows more directly out of Colorado at North Platte, Nebraska, whence it becomes the Platte River. (WPA)
Type (DCMI):JPEG
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Document ID:11142298

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