In addition, a huge draw to the visitors center is the display of artifacts recovered from the sunken steamship, Bertrand. The 165 ft steamboat sank in 1865 with a full cargo of tools and housewares, worth about $100,00 then, and quite a bit of it is on display. We had a great time wandering through this exhibit! So many interesting things to see.
|Jared, Allie and Mike at the Desoto visitor center|
|amazing exhibit! all the artifacts you see came off the Bertrand|
|These Goodyear rubber raincoats are the only known surviving examples in the world|
|great views of the preserve from the visitors center|
|Allie checking out some Canadian Geese|
|site of the Bertrand excavation. the bulk of the boat was reburied for preservation|