Full Caption: Daniel A. Jenks. North Platte. Watercolor and pen-and-ink drawing, 185?. Documentary Drawings. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZC4-8874. Full Caption: Daniel A. Jenks. North Platte. Watercolor and pen-and-ink drawing, 185?. Documentary Drawings. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZC4-8874.

Jenks's drawing of covered wagons crossing the Platte River illustrates yet another barrier to those traveling west. River crossings were difficult and dangerous even when they were not flooded. The journals of women recount numerous tragedies such as drownings and the loss of draft animals and possessions while crossing the rivers on the overland trail.

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