Buried treasure in a midwestern cornfield... for over 130 years?
And it's true.
Beneath a Kansas cornfield.
And then they found that its contents were almost miraculously saved in an oxygen-free zone, even having fabrics remain "good as new".
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday:
"In 1987, a group of treasure hunters discovered a steamboat buried deep in a Kansas cornfield. This was the Arabia, a side-wheeler whose hull was pierced by a submerged tree on Sept. 5, 1856, near Parkville, Mo., 6 miles north of Kansas City. The ship, just three years old, had embarked from St. Louis, steaming westward on the Missouri to deliver merchandise to 16 frontier towns. The cargo included 20,000 feet of lumber, 4,000 shoes and boots, two prefab homes destined for Logan, Neb., a sawmill and fixtures, and a case of Otard Dupuy & Co. cognac." (More here.)
You can know this for sure - our next visit to Kansas City, MO will demand we hop over state lines and visit this amazing museum.
Kudos to my dear friend, Paul Nobrega, for bringing this story to many people's attention.