Grand Island
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 40° 49.306 W 098° 17.730
14T E 559409 N 4519210
This marker stands in an I-80 westbound rest area near Grand Island.
Waymark Code: WM1C42
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 03/31/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
Views: 37

The text of the marker reads:
You are near the Platte River's famous Grand Island. It is approximately forty miles in length and two miles at its widest. Providing abundant wood and water, it often served as a campsite for Pawnee Indians. Journalists for the expeditions of Astor (1813) and Stephen Long (1819) both noted the island. In 1843 John C. Fremont recommended that a fort be constructed near the head of the island. Fort Childs, later named Fort Kearny, was established in 1848 as the first military outpost on the Platte River portion of the Oregon and California trails. The Mormon Trail ran adjacent to the island along the north bank of the river.

In 1857 a town company composed mainly of Germans settled the area north of the island. This first Grand Island failed to develop when the company became bankrupt. Present Grand Island was not platted until 1866, when the Union Pacific Railroad reached Hall County. The town grew rapidly and became the county seat. In 1869 a U.S. General Land Office was established to record land filings for the region north of the Platte. Grand Island was incorporated in 1872, and it has became a major industrial and agricultural city in the central Platte Valley.

The marker, #172, was placed by the Hall County Historical Society, the Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Historical Society.

There's another marker, #171, with the same text, about two miles west of here, in the eastbound rest area.
Marker Name: Grand Island

Other: yes

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Roadside: Not Listed

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