David Hawley shares his incredible story of finding buried treasure from the mid 1800’s, and where he found it. He tells how he, and four others, began the nearly impossible journey to locate a sunken steamboat rumored to have whiskey and gold. That steamboat was known as the Arabia. It sank in the Missouri River in 1856. Hear the tale of how the group unearthed 200 tons of cargo– a virtual 1856 ‘Walmart’ store beneath the ground. David explains how the conditions of the buried wreckage were able to preserve much of it’s 132 year-old cargo. The massive amount of cargo, meant to supply 19 towns, included china, perfume, beads, shoes, hardware, champagne, gin and even pickles.
David Hawley, Greg Hawley, Bob Hawley, David Luttrell and Jerry Mackey were the five men who successful took on this journey. Hear the surprising decision they made regarding what to do with the largest collection of pre-civil war artifacts in the world.