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, dessert, and hospitality to nearly seven million servicemen.
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 derives its name from the North Platte River.
On July 13, 1929, black businessman and North Platte resident, Louis "Slim" Seeman, shot and killed Edward Green, a white North Platte police officer, leading to the formation of white mobs combing the city, and ordering black residents to leave North Platte. Fearing mob violence, most of North Platte's black residents fled.
The incident began on Friday, July 12, 1929, when Seeman agreed to leave town rather than paying a $100 fine for abusing Ada Miller, a woman living with him at the time. Seeman was placed on a westbound train, but apparently jumped off while the train was at a near standstill near the edge of town. Upon seeing Seeman, Miller reported his presence to the North Platte police, who went to the Seeman's business, The Humming Bird Inn.