North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. It is located in the west-central part of the state, along Interstate 80, at the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers forming the Platte River. The population was 24,733 at the 2010 census.
North Platte is a railroad town; Union Pacific Railroad's large Bailey Yard is located within the city. Today, North Platte is served only by freight trains, but during World War II the city was famous for the North Platte Canteen. Tens of thousands of volunteers from North Platte and surrounding towns met the troop trains passing through North Platte, offering coffee, sandwiches and hospitality.
North Platte is the principal city of the North Platte Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Lincoln, Logan, and McPherson counties.
North Platte was established in 1866 when the Union Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. It was named from the North Platte River.
On July 13, 1929, black North Platte resident Louis "Slim" Seeman was accused of shooting and killing Edward Green, a North Platte police officer. Following the incident, a mob of white residents of North Platte killed Seeman, then walked through the city, telling black residents to leave North Platte. Fearing mob violence, most of North Platte's black residents fled.
North Platte is located at 41°8′9″N 100°46′14″W (41.135914, −100.770501).