May 27, 2009
Sep 19, 2013
In 1856, the 171 foot steamboat Arabia served as a lifeline to the frontier, bringing tons of new supplies westward to settlements along the Missouri River. The big side-wheeler had just left Kansas City when her hull was suddenly pierced by a submerged tree. She sank in just minutes with all her treasures lost. Years after the tragic accident, the river changed course. The legendary Arabia and its hoard of buried treasures were discovered beneath a Kansas farm field. After being buried for 132 years, the Hawley family began excavation in 1988. Three years later, they opened the Steamboat Arabia Museum, displaying the "Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia". Although only two-thirds of the cargo is on display - dishware, tools, clothing, guns, jewelry, food and personal effects, restoration work continues daily.