Arikaree River

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Arikaree River[1]
Origin 39°22′36″N 103°46′44″W / 39.37667°N 103.77889°W / 39.37667; -103.77889
Mouth Confluence with North Fork Republican
40°01′13″N 101°56′17″W / 40.02028°N 101.93806°W / 40.02028; -101.93806Coordinates: 40°01′13″N 101°56′17″W / 40.02028°N 101.93806°W / 40.02028; -101.93806
Progression RepublicanKansas
Length 156 mi (251 km)[2]
Mouth elevation 3,241 ft (988 m)

The Arikaree River is a 156-mile-long (251 km)[2] tributary of the Republican River that starts near Limon in Lincoln County, Colorado. The river flows east into Kansas, crossing the extreme northwestern corner of that state before entering Nebraska. North of Haigler in Dundy County, Nebraska, the Arikaree River joins the North Fork Republican River to form the Republican River.

The river is named for the Arikara group of Native Americans. The word "Arikaree" refers to "horn".[3] Along the river is the site of the Battle of Beecher Island in 1868.

The point where the Arikaree River flows out of Yuma County, Colorado, and into Cheyenne County, Kansas, is the lowest point in the State of Colorado at 3,317 feet (1,011 m) elevation. The crossing is at roughly 39°58′41″N 102°03′06″W / 39.97806°N 102.05167°W / 39.97806; -102.05167. This crossing point holds the distinction of being the highest low point of any U.S. state.[4] It is higher than the highest points of 18 states and the District of Columbia.

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  1. ^ "Arikaree River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 29, 2011
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States (PDF). p. 28. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. "Elevations and Distances". Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 

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