Grand Island (Nebraska)

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Not to be confused with Grand Island, Nebraska.

Grand Island was a long wooded island near Grand Island, Nebraska. The island was known by French traders as La Grande Isle.[citation needed] Grand Island was formed by the Wood River and a channel of the Platte River. It was the original location of Grand Island, Nebraska, but the town was later moved north of the Wood River. Settlers intending to create a settlement there arrived on July 4, 1857, and by September had built housing using local timber. The island no longer exists as the Wood River no longer has a western connection to the Platte.

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Coordinates: 40°41′43″N 098°51′42″W / 40.69528°N 98.86167°W / 40.69528; -98.86167