Monday, September 30, 2013

IA, MO & KS,9/30-10/1/2013

On the road again Sunday Sept. 29.

Crossing the Mississippi River into Iowa. We stayed overnight at Flying J near Osceola, IA. 381 miles. So good to be on the road again.

On the road again Monday Sept. 30 to Steamship Arabia Museum in Kansas City, MO.

Sept. 5, 1856 this beautiful steamship hit a sycamore tree "snag." The ship sunk in minutes into the Missouri River. Four unsuccessful attempts were made to find it.

Sycamore tree "snag."

Ship outlined in white. It was 171 feet long and 54 feet wide. It carried 200 tons of cargo that was merchandise to be sold at pioneer stores.

Beginning to dig.

Recovered merchandise

Pickled fruits and oysters under dim lights so not to damage the items.


Sewing supplies.

Wooden items.


More tools.

Clothing and buttons.


Wagon wheels

Items that still needed to be cleaned. The family has cleaned recovered items for years and there is still so much more to do.

Wheel of the Steamship.

The Museum was so impressive.

On to the Capitol of Kansas in Topeka.

We rode the elevator to the fourth floor.


Copper pillars.

House of Representatives.

Supreme Court

The second floor of the Library has glass floor.

Phil chatting with the Librarian.

John Brown led the anti slavery movement.

His name and the names of the other nine men who lead the anti slavery movement are the walls of the House.

Dwight Eisenhower

Amelia Earhart.

Hurrying from school to the storm cellar.

Impressive staircase

Tribute to Pioneer Women.

Brown versus Board of Education case in the Supreme Court originated in Topeka.

We stayed at Rolling Hills Corp of Engineers Campground, Junction City, KS. A very nice quiet place.