LOW WATER: River Levels Offer Sneak Peek At History

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Despite recent rain and snowfall, water levels on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are still sitting at record lows.

The only folks who might see the dry weather as a positive are the history buffs. Two sunken ships, the U.S.S. Inaugural and the Riverboat Montana can be seen from the shores of the rivers.
The Inaugural (pictured above) was a WWII minesweeper. It was turned into a floating museum in St. Louis before sinking into the Mississippi during the flood of 1993.   

Over on the Missouri River spectators can get a view of the hull of the 1882 Riverboat Montana.   At 280 feet in length, it was the largest steamship ever piloted on the Missouri. The boat sank in 1887 when high waters caused it to hit a railroad bridge spanning the river. The wreckage is partially buried in the riverbank, but the rest is easily visible with the low waters.


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