Arabia Steamboat Museum considering move
The eventual home of the historic steamboat Malta could be on the move.
The Arabia Steamboat Museum made headlines in March after announcing plans to potentially excavate another sunken steamboat along the Missouri River. After a three-year search, David Hawley discovered the location of the Malta, which sank in 1841, beneath a corn field north of Malta Bend. Hawley and his family, owners of the museum, previously excavated the steamboat Arabia near Parkville, Mo., in the 1980s, and planned to display the artifacts recovered from the Malta alongside the Arabia in their Kansas City museum.
However, housing collections from both steamboats could require more space than the museum has at its current facility, Hawley said. As a result, other sites are now receiving consideration as a potential new home for the museum, including one in Saline County. Hawley met last week with Friends of Arrow Rock President Tom Hall about finding a suitable location in the historic village. He also reported plans to travel to Boonville Thursday, May 19, to explore options there.
"I'm in no particular rush to make a decision as to where such a facility should be, but I do want to explore any option that presents itself," Hawley said.
If everything goes according to plan, the museum will be able to begin excavating the Malta this coming winter.
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