McKissick Island is one of the state’s most peculiar climes – the island can only be accessed by crossing into the states of Iowa and Missouri first. An earthquake and flooding in the 1800s near Peru created an avulsion and changed the river’s course. The new channel cut through the town’s borders, leaving part of it on the river’s eastern side. A long border dispute ensued, but it is now recognized as sovereign Nebraska soil.
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