The Steamship “Arabia” plied the Missouri river in 1855 and 56 until she hit a snag and sunk a mile or so downstream of Parkville, Missouri. She was not recovered and salvaged until 1988. When they uncovered her she proved to be a time capsule from 1856. The hold was full of dry goods. Clothing, boots, shoes, tools, household utinsels, foods, tobacco, firearms, etc. Over 1 million trade beads were on board and it seemed almost as many buttons! We visited the museum built to house the treasure of the Arabia in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It was a fascinating walk through history. I took over 150 photos and will post several more on my Photo Gallery page. Please click on the link at right.
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