An Artists's rendering of the Steamboat Arabia...|
Hit a river snag and sunk just across the river from downtown Parkville
The river changed course and the wreck was buried under 60 feet of farmland, later excavated and the remains of parts of the boat and most of it's salvaged cargo now preserved in a museum in the River Market area of Kansas City...
Enjoying the shade and the view from one of the many new excellent quality benches, installed in honor of relatives
of the many patrons who donated them to the City...|
And a sand dredge at work just West of Parkville...
|A few of the walkers, joggers and bikers who take advantage of the riverside trail...|
My favorite spot on the river, an overlook that I call Smith's Point...|
Where Rush creek flows into the Missouri River...
|A bit of a different scene at the same place on a cold February day... The river very low and ice floes coming down from the North...|
|A view just below Smith's Point from the riverbank, the scene constantly changing with the weather and the depth of the river...|
|The bank area between the mouth of the creek and the boat ramp is a favorite veiwing and fishing spot...|
|A favorite spot for the kids to toss things in...|
|Another winter view, the water level low but warm enough for an outing it seems...|
|Rush Creek flowing into the Missouri river, still wintertime and low water...|
|The same place, on that cold February day in 2006...|
|Another view from the same spot, from the Waddell A Frame Bridge spanning Rush Creek... But on a hazy summer day...|
|The A Frame Waddell bridge, a famous and popular type of railroad bridge in the past...|
|This bridge was used as a railroad span previously and when disassembled was given to the City of Parkville, who then re-assembled it to span Rush Creek for the River Trail...|
|This is about the normal river level for this time of year... The Corps of Engineers controls the level with dams on the upper Missouri river but sometimes has to release more water for navigation and City water supply needs...|
|Looking at the trail East and South from Smith's Point...|
A photo when I returned to Parkville about 2000, and a very high water level in the river...|
And I notice we have lost a good bit of land from the tip of Smith's Point since then...
And a macho photo, ME... biking up the boat ramp... No wheelchair yet...|
Well lessee, I was only about 69 then....
|Looking West and then North from English Landing on the Missouri River...|
|And then East and South toward Kansas City from English Landing...|
|Looking East and South again, just below Smith's point on that cold February day...|
|And some action on the river, the sand dredge comes up from Riverside, Missouri, and anchors here and there to dredge sand...|
|Sometimes right at the park for a few days and then moves on...|
|Then in 2004 the River Explorer showed up for a stopover in Parkville, Buses were waiting to take the passengers sightseeing somewhere...|
|This is the motive power to push the two large barges, containing passemger rooms and entertainment and dining areas....|
Geese, sure we have Canadian Geese on the river, seasonally and some stay all year...|
|This family came right on shore as I was watching... But Papa Goose was keeping an eye on me too...|
|But they kept on, looking for goodies on the shore...|