St. Louis has been on the world stage for centuries. But after industry left the city, many of the city's once-thriving factory and warehouse districts became Rust Belt boneyards. For Sam Coffey and his salvage crew, this urban wasteland is a goldmine ripe for plunder.
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Salvage City - Arabia Steamboat Museum - Netflix
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a history museum in Kansas City, Missouri housing artifacts salvaged from the Arabia, a steamboat that sank in the Missouri River in 1856. The 30,000-square-foot museum opened on November 13, 1991 in the Kansas City River Market. The partners of River Salvage Inc., who excavated the Arabia and opened the museum, claim to have the largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world.
Salvage City - Exhibits - Netflix
The museum debuted a new exhibit on November 22, 2013. It consists of the engine of the Missouri Packet, the first steamboat to sink in the Missouri River in 1820. The Hawleys excavated its engine in 1987, just outside the small town of Arrow Rock, Missouri. It did not yield many other artifacts, yet still inspired the Hawleys to continue their quest for sunken steamboats. David Hawley told The Kansas City Star, “An engine like this has never been on display.” He believes it to be the oldest extant maritime steam engine in the United States. After closing for ceiling repairs in January 2013, the museum was awarded “Best Remodel” by local weekly publication The Pitch. It had never before been closed in its 20-year history, but was able to reopen with the displays cleaned, reorganized, and expanded.
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