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The Prairie Traveler by Randolph Barnes Marcy, Captain, U.S.A.


ITINERARY XXVI.

XXVI.--From Nebraska City, on the Missouri, to Fort Kearney.



   Nebraska City, on the Missouri River, is a point from whence a
large amount of the supplies for the  army in Utah are sent, and
one of the contractors, Mr. Alexander Majors, speaks of this
route in the following terms: "The military road from Fort
Leavenworth crosses very many tributaries of the Kansas River,
the Soldier, the Grasshopper, etc., etc., which are at all times
difficult of passage. There are no bridges, or but few, and those
of but little service. From Nebraska City to Fort Kearney, which
is a fixed point for the junction of all roads passing up the
Platte, we have but one stream of any moment to cross. That one
is Salt Creek, a stream which is now paved at a shallow ford with
solid rock.

   "There is no other stream which, even in a high freshet, would
stop a train a single day. Again, upon this route we have an
abundance of good grazing every foot of the way to Fort Kearney.
The route from Nebraska City is about 100 miles shorter to Fort
Kearney than that from Fort Leavenworth, the former being less
than 200 miles and the latter about 300 miles."


From Nebraska City to Salt Creek
is.......................................40 miles.

 "   Salt Creek to Elm Creek
is.......................................60    " 

 "   Elm Creek to Fort Kearney
is......................................100    " 

   Upon the entire route there is an abundance of wood, water,
and grass, and camping-places frequent.



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