It was smelly, crowded and potentially life-threatening, but riding on a steamboat was de rigeur for travelers to Kansas City in the mid-nineteenth century. For a brief and some might say "golden" era, the steamboat was also the primary agent of settlement and change. How steamboats shaped Kansas City.
- David Hawley, Steamboat Arabia Museum
- Patrick Dobson, historian
- Steve Terry, captain, The Mark Twain
- Paula Rose, Steamboat Arabia Museum
- Carol Lewis, resident, Hannibal, Mo.