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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Expedition sets out at sunrise and passes the mouth of the Platte at midday. They notice its roiling sands coming into the Missouri channel. The evening camp is southeast of present Bellevue, Nebraska.

From the journals...

the Sands of this river Comes roleing down with the Current which is Crowded with Sand bars and not 5 feet water at any place across its mouth, Capt Lewis & my Self went up Some Distance & Crossed    found it Shallow. This river does not rise over 6 or 7 feet

William Clark

Platte River near Grand Island

Historic photo of the shallow and wide Platte river

Photo downloaded from http://www.uiowa.edu/~calvin/Nebraska.htm, Photograph No. 874.