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Discover 200 tons of treasure
Located along the Grand Boulevard in Kansas City, the Arabia Steamboat Museum relives the story of Arabia, the steamboat which sank due to a snag in the Missouri River. The boat itself was designed to face the current and go upstream. The sunk vessel was discovered in 1988 and the remnants and artifacts are now displayed in this museum. The museum also has a gift shop for souvenirs. Check the...
This cargo steamboat, laden with 220 tons of merchandise destined for settlers out west, sank in the Missouri River in 1856, where it remained preserved in cold mud until it was excavated in the 1980s. A virtual time capsule of the 1850s and one of the best collections of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world, the museum provides a fascinating look at frontier life, with displays of the...
Fascinating place, as they say, like walking into a dept store from 150+ years ago. The science behind the recovery is also very interesting.
We wandered in the first time, not knowing what it was, returned 2 years later to show others. The exhibit had grown in that time, they are still working at it.
Sandra was our tour guide and was very informative. She pointed out interesting facts such as the rolling pin that was not soaked in preservative and the indian picture showing him wearing a breast plate made from ornamentation from the hand guns. Bob Hawley one of the original founders came and spoke briefly as well.
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