Little Blue River (Kansas/Nebraska)

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Little Blue River near Oak, Nebraska.
Map of rivers in Kansas with the Little Blue in the north

The Little Blue River is a 245-mile-long (394 km)[1] river in southern Nebraska and northern Kansas that was used by Pony Express horseback riders. Ridgelines of this historic watershed defined the wagon train routes first used by Oregon Trail Emigrants.

The Little Blue rises just south of Minden in Kearney County, Nebraska. It flows east-southeast past Hebron and Fairbury, Nebraska, and Marysville, Kansas. It joins the Big Blue River at Blue Rapids, Kansas.

The waters of Little Blue River, once noted for the namesake blueish tint, were later muddied by silt runoff from plowing.[2] Various other rivers also have the name "Little Blue River".

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  1. ^ "The National Map". U.S. Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved Feb 10, 2011. [not in citation given]
  2. ^ Dawson, Charles (1912). Pioneer Tales of the Oregon Trail and of Jefferson County ... Crane. p. 256. 

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Coordinates: 39°41′51″N 96°40′46″W / 39.69750°N 96.67944°W / 39.69750; -96.67944 (Little Blue River)