Historic Mississippi River showboat heads to scrap heap

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A grounded Mississippi River showboat that has sat idle as preservationists attempted to save it from the scrap heap appears to have taken its last voyage.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the nonprofit Historic Riverboat Preservation Association says it has been unable to raise enough money to resurrect the 106-year-old Goldenrod Showboat.

The boat was a fixture for decades on the St. Louis and St. Charles riverfronts and a national historic landmark before it shut down in 2001. It’s been in storage since 2003 on the Illinois River north of Kampsville in Calhoun County.

A recent effort to move part of the boat on shore caused the boat’s hull to buckle.

The preservation group plans to salvage some of the boat’s interior for a planned riverboat museum.