This was one of the major river crossings faced by westbound emigrants coming from Winter Quarters.
William I. Appleby
July 15, 1847
“Pursued our journey about 18 miles. Arrived at the Elkhorn River, where we found Capt. Dan Jones encamped with the Welsh company of Saints, and Capt. Silas Richards with his company of fifty, encamped about three miles west of the Elkhorn, awaiting our arrival.”