Grand Island is a long wooded island near Grand Island, Nebraska. The island was known by French traders as La Grande Isle. Grand Island, which is 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 is no longer in existence as the Wood River has no western connection to the Platte.