Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River. Major suburbs include the Missouri cities of Independence and Lee’s Summit and the Kansas cities of Overland Park, Olathe and Kansas City. The city is composed of several neighborhoods, including the River Market District in the north, the 18th and Vine District in the east, and the County Club Plaza in the south. Kansas City is known for its long tradition of jazz music and culture; its cuisine features a distinctive style of barbecue and craft breweries.
The City Market bordering the Missouri River, contains one of the country’s largest and longest lasting farmers markets in the nation with several unique shops and restaurants. Steamboat Arabia Museum is right next to the City Market. Traveling by foot or bike, take the Town of Kansas Bridge connection to get to the Riverfront Heritage Trail which leads to Berkley Riverfront Park, which is operated by Port KC.
The Port of Kansas City is an inland port on the Missouri River in Kansas City, Missouri at river mile 367.1, near the confluence with the Kansas River. Kansas City is the second-largest rail hub and third-largest trucking hub in the country, is on marine highway M-70, which extends as far as Pittsburgh and intersects M-55 at St. Louis, allowing shipping to New Orleans, Chicago, Minneapolis and connections to major cities all over the eastern United States.
The Missouri inland waterway allows for barge traffic as far upriver as Sioux City, Iowa, with most of the commercial traffic concentrated between Kansas City and St. Louis.
The Story of Mobility in America
Maritime Museums in Historic Towns
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a time capsule of life on the American frontier in the mid-nineteenth century and an opportunity to experience the everyday objects that made life possible for pioneers in the 1800s. It contains the largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world.
The Steamboat Arabia was one of many casualties of the perilous Missouri River. The Mighty Missouri, as it was often called, is the longest river in the United States and has claimed nearly 400 other steamboats over its 2,500-mile course. In September 1856, the Arabia was carrying over 200 tons of cargo intended for general stores and homes in 16 mid-western frontier towns. The steamer was still fully loaded when it hit a tree snag and sank just 6 miles west of Kansas City.
The Steamboat was built in the Pennsylvania boatyard of John S. Pringle in 1853 and logged thousands of miles on the Mississippi and Missouri River; in 1855, it traveled from the Missouri to the Yellowstone River in North Dakota.
The Story begins on the West bank of the Mississippi River in the bustling waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri. Here, in the year 1856, over 200 tons of winters supplies were loaded aboard the Arabia for delivery to the western frontier, nearly 1,000 dangerous miles up the mighty Missouri River.
The Arabia was buried underground for over a century with its cargo, 45-feet beneath a Kansas cornfield; the payload was protected from light and oxygen and was thus remarkably well preserved. The cargo included fine China, carpentry tools, children’s toys and the world’s oldest pickles
The Arabia Steamboat Museum has been a popular Kansas City attraction for over 20 years.
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