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When I read about the Steamboat Arabia museum, I thought, "hey, cool." A bunch of guys decided to locate and dig up a sunken 19th century steamboat. The Steamboat Arabia sank on its way upriver, so it was full of supplies it was taking to General Stores in Missouri. And since the Army Corps of Engineers has been keeping the Missouri River on the same path for a relatively short time, the steamboat was buried under a field nowhere near where the river is today.
Since the field was a working farm, and they were paying for the excavation with their own money, they had to do the entire excavation in the few months of winter when the field would've been lying fallow anyway.
The guys figured they'd sell what they found and make a huge profit. But the first barrel they dug up was full of pristine fancy china. They decided that they had to honor the historical significance of the find and open a museum. Which they did.
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Everything is in amazing condition because it was underground with no oxygen or water causing damage of decomposition. They drank a bottle of champagne they dug up, and lived to talk about. It was still fizzy. A local chef ate a pickle from one of the jars they found. It was still crunchy.
They've only prepared about half of their find for display, so there's more to come. And they're planning to dig up another steamboat this year.
Totally worth the trip, even with the difficulties I had trying to get a cup of freaking tea before we went in.
So here, look at pretty pictures.
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|Clay pipe bowls. I loved the different colors. The pipe stems are to the left.|
|Pots, dishes, candles, writing slates|
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|An assembled pipe|
|More buttons, and a shirt|
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