The Land Of Flat Water (Part One)
Its name derives from the Otoe word (That I cannot pronounce well.) Nebrathka ("Flat Water") which the french trappers translated to Platte, and the rest of us transliterated into Nebraska:
The Platte River flows, a mile wide and an inch deep (not much of an exaggeration), through the state of Nebraska.
This photo shows the current condition of the Platte River at the location of the National Audubon Society's Rowe Sanctuary.
My first view of this river was in the spring of 1979 as my wife and I were approaching Kearney, NE in a commuter flight from Denver, CO. The plan was for me to interview for a teaching position. As we descended to below the clouds the pilot asked the copilot, "Where is it?" (referring to the airport, I presumed) in a rather urgent tone of voice. After a bit of "scanning the horizon" one said to the other, "Over there."
Welcome to "Outstate Nebraska" and enjoy "The Good Life!". The creation and development of Lillian Annette Rowe Sanctuary became one of several endeavors that transformed the thinking and way of life for the people in the Big Bend Reach of the Platte River.