"Mouth of the Great Platte River," Frontier Guardian, 23 Jan. 1850, 2.
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Near the mouth of the above stream, on the East side of the Missouri river, a town is destined to be built up. A ferry is about being established there, and the emigration will cross there most likely this coming season, as the route has been surveyed from the Mouth of the Platte to the point where it will intersect the road leading from Old Fort Kearney, on the Missouri river to New For Kearney at the head of Grand Island, and found to be good. By this route on the south side of the Great Platte River, the Elk Horn and the Loup Fork of the Platte will be avoided. Both of which are difficult, streams to cross, particularly the latter which is not only difficult, but dangerous for those who are unacquainted with it.
Our men who have journeyed up and down the Platte, on both sides, several times, recommend decidedly, the route south of the Platte. To avoid the crossing of the two rivers before mentioned, it is decided that our emigration cross the Missouri a little below the mouth of the Great Platte River. Goods destined for the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, and coming up the Missouri river, should be landed and stored at that point, where we learn that commodious storehouses are in progress of erection. Kanesville is the point that has the capital and facilities which must necessarily make it the rallying point for emigrants to get and complete their outfits for two or three years to come. By that time, we shall expect to see some passes towards making a Railroad about the mouth of the Platte.