Hooper, Nebraska; Dodge County
The Elkhorn River is in northeastern Nebraska and originates near the eastern Sandhills. The Elkhorn River is one of the largest tributaries of the Platte River, flowing 290 miles and joining the Platte River southwest of Omaha. The Elkhorn River basin encompasses approximately 7,000 square miles. The Elkhorn has several tributaries, including its own North and South forks, Logan Creek Dredge, Rock Creek and Maple Creek.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition encountered the Elkhorn River near its confluence with the Platte River. Located a few miles north of the confluence is the Elkhorn Crossing Recreation Area. This public park, operated by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, marks the location where thousands of immigrants in the nineteenth century, bound for the west, camped while waiting to cross the river.
Today, Elkhorn Crossing Recreation Area is a 27-acre public-access site featuring a boat ramp, camping facilities, small playground, and restrooms. The site also facilitates short to moderate river float trips for tubers, canoeists, and kayakers.
Famous Person from Hooper:
Jordan Quinn Larson (born October 16, 1986) is an American volleyball player and a three-time Olympic medalist. Larson won gold with the national team at the 2014 World Championship, the Rimini Volleyball Nations League, and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, silver at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Her 2020 Olympics win allowed her to complete the trifecta of winning an Olympic bronze, silver, and gold medal.
Hear from Larson: On going from a small town of 800 people to a two-time Olympic medalist “I never expected I would be where I am today. I dreamed about it a lot, but never expected I would be here. I was very fortunate to have very supportive family around me that helped me get where I am. I am forever grateful.”
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