Kansas City, Missouri: Arabia Steamboat Museum

A merchant goods-loaded vessel sank on the Missouri River in 1856. The booty was later dug up from a farmer's field and is now cataloged and displayed for public perusal.
Address:
400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO
Directions:
Grand Blvd and E. 4th St., in the city market area.
Hours:
M-Sa 10 am - 5:30 pm; Su noon-5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
816-471-4030
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Arabia Steamboat Museum

This is worth every minute. Five friends invested on a treasure hunt that involved a four month excavation of an 1850s steamship that still had all of its cargo. Their investment and zest lead to the attraction--which is still a work in progress. Over 200 tons of cargo recovered.

Tour included one of the five appearing in person and answering questions.

[Masten Williams, 06/29/2011]
Keys salvaged from the steamboat. Arabia Steamboat Museum

The wide variety of goods recovered from the site of the Arabia's wreckage is a wonderful education on mid-19th-Century live in Frontier America.

[Kyr-Roger St. Denis, 05/22/2011]
Arabia Steamboat Museum

Boat carrying products for sale to small general stores sunk in the Missouri River on an oxbow. The oxbow dried up about 2 miles from the main channel, where the boat was found in a farmer's field. The ships contents were recovered in good shape and it is a museum to the times -- 1856.

[Stan Spector, 02/01/2010]

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