Kansas City, MO   Leave a comment

Day 6, We began our Kansas City tour at the Harley-Davidson Plant. All of the sportster models come from this plant.

It was amazing to see how the metal is cut by a laser. Once the parts are cut to spec, they don’t even have to sand the edges to make them smooth!

Our driving tour consisted of the south part of town: Ward Parkway, Plaza, Art Galleries, Westport, and UMKC. Check out this single family house!

We then toured the Hallmark Card Center. Hallmark Cards grew from the originator living at the Y, selling their goods to what they are today. The area they bought for the factory is huge, but the Catholic Church did not want to sell to them, so Hallmark built all around them. It’s like a campus.

We had lunch at the local market and then a great tour of the Steamboat Arabia Museum. This steamboat was 171 foot long ship holding 200 tons of brand new merchandise (European dishware, jewelry, guns, tools, food products, and clothing items were included among her cargo). In 1856, She made good time up the Missouri River, making it to Kansas City in one week, but once she left the Kansas port, she hit a “snag” (a tree branch floating down the Missouri) and sunk.

She sank in minutes, barely saving the people aboard. Only a mule drowned. The owner of the mule said he tried his best to get the mule off the ship, but he was being stubborn. WELL, when they dug up the ship’s remains, they found that mule TIED TIGHTLY TO THE SHIP!

132 years later in 1988, a father (Bob Hawley), 2 sons & a friend found the ship.

The river had changed its course over time and after years of researching, they located the farm (cornfield) that the ship was buried under.

Pictured below is a photo of where they found the ship. The ship is outlined in white at the bottom right. Top left is a tractor trailer. This shows you the size of the Arabia.

It was buried 45 feet under the ground, a ½ mile from the river’s edge. 10 feet of it was the water aquifer. It was quite an operation for them to dig the huge hole and pump out the water while working to save the treasurers.

The museum has on display all the treasures that they uncovered and are still working on cleaning of the mud & preserving to its original state.

Unfortunately, not all the cargo was savable.

We watched a short film on the restoration of the Arabia and were lucky enough to meet Bob Hawley, who led the expedition.

On our way out of the museum, we noticed the sidewalk had sections dedicated by individuals, companies, or organizations. Bill & I just had to take our picture with the section dedicated by Teamsters Joint Council 56 of Kansas City.

And of course, I had to get my photo with my Teamster friend, Steve, who is here on this trip.

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