Arabia Steamboat Museum

arabia steamboat museum

Arabia Steamboat Museum

Arabia Steamboat Museum

In 1856, the Arabia -- a sidewheel steamboat loaded with provisions bound for pioneer settlements in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska -- hit a log and sank along the Missouri River. It wasn't until 1988 that a group uncovered the boat (buried under a cornfield) along with all its loot, preserved and in remarkable condition. Their find has been called "the King Tut's Tomb of the Missouri River," and much of it is on display in this museum in Kansas City's historic City Market. Beaver hair coats, French perfume, English Wedgwood china, whale oil lamps and brass lockhole cutters are all on jaw-dropping intact display in a recreated steamboat featuring the original boilers and engine, along with the walnut tree section that actually sank the ship. Staffers are still cleaning many of the items, which you can view in the scientific lab on the premises.

Where: Kansas City, Missouri
On the Web: 1856.com

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