Kansas City, Missouri: Arabia Steamboat MuseumA merchant goods-loaded vessel sank on the Missouri River in 1856. The river shifted, became farm fields, and the farm family dug up the Arabia and built a museum around it. Still run by the Hawley family.
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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]
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]
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]