Republican River

“Among the several branches of the Pawnee was one called the ‘Republican,’ because when they were visited near their village near present Red Cloud by early Spaniards, followed by Zebulon Pike in 1806, it seemed to these explorers that the Pawnee had a re[publican form of government. The river on which the pawnee village of Pike’s visit was located thus came to be called the Republican. This joins the Smoky Hill near present Junction City, Kansas, to form the Kaw (Kansas) River, and the Big Blue flows into the Kaw a few miles below at Manhattan.”A