Goldenrod Showboat auctioned off, future uncertain

7:01 PM, May 18, 2013   |    comments
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KAMPSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - A piece of St. Louis riverfront history was auctioned off Saturday, and could be headed to the scrap yard.

Once the place to be, the Goldenrod Showboat now is nothing more than a shell sitting on the river in Kampsville, Illinois.

A group that has been working to save the Goldenrod is still hopeful that the company that bought it will spare it. They say it's not just the shell that it appears to be right now sitting on the water. It's history that should not be scrapped.

The Goldenrod spent a few decades on the St. Louis riverfront. It also spent some time in St. Charles, and its shell has spent the last 10 years in Kampsville.

We're told it has racked up more than $69,000 in mooring fees since it's been in Kampsville. The company that money is owed to, Pool 24, bought it at the auction for that same amount.

One of the men who has watched over the boat says they bought it with intentions of scrapping it to make that money back. But he presented a petition with 300 signatures from people who want to see it saved.

"After they received the petition they agreed to work with me and other groups to save the goldenrod. And, they'll give us a few extra weeks, a month or two, to find a plan and get it out there, safe and secure," says Jacob Medford. "They're great people, reasonable people, and they seem to want to save the boat as well. They said, and I quote, 'I'd hate to see the old gal end like this.'"

Medford estimates it could take more than half a million dollars to get the boat back up and operational. He says if it's saved and doesn't return to its riverboat glory, he'd like to see it become a museum and that there's too much history for it to just be thrown away.

To learn more about the Goldenrod Showboat, you can check out this website.

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