The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. The Arabia was journeying up the Missouri River in the fall of 1856 when she struck a tree snag. She sank just north of Kansas City. Her cargo hold was full of 200 tons of supplies bound for general stores and settlements. As the years passed, the river changed it's course and left the Arabia buried beneath a Kansas cornfield. Then in 1988 a group of modern-day adventurers uncovered the lost Arabia and her intact cargo. They were stunned to find fine dishware, clothing, and even bottled food all preserved in remarkable condition. Their find has been called the King Tut's Tomb of the Missouri River.
The Museum includes a Hull Room where each tour beings to learn about how the Arabia was discover. There is also a replicated deck the same size as that of the Arabia. Displayed on the deck are the original boilers, engine, anchor, and paddlewheel suppot timbers. The section of the walnut tree that sank her is also on this deck. Visit the Treasure room to view the special and unique cargo that was found. In the Cargo Gallery you'll view even more cargo including dishware, tools, lamps, clothing, and more. Lastly, visit the General Store and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. The store is just how a frontier store would've appeared in old photographs.
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