Beginning in the mid-1840s, the Platte River Valley became an important avenue for settlers moving west to the Pacific coast. Council Bluffs located on the Missouri River just above the mouth of the Platte River became increasingly important as a jumping-off point for those westward bound settlers. These brief blurbs summarize steamboat traffic on the Missouri.
- Why might the information in this source have been useful to someone living in Council Bluffs in 1857?
- How important was the Missouri River in Council Bluffs' growth and economic development? Identify details that support you claim.
"River Items," The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, pp. 2, 6 June 1857. Courtesy of Library of Congress