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Bertrand Excavation Site and Trail

The Bertrand is a steamboat that sank in the muddy Missouri sometime during the 1860's. It was discovered within the confines of the DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge in 1968. The artifacts from the hull have been removed and are currently housed in the Visitors Center, but the hull itself remains in the pond where it was found. There are displays on the site explaining the excavation and the historical significance of steamboat travel on the Missouri during the settlement period of the country.

The Bertrand Trail is 2/5ths of a mile and runs through marsh and grassland. It's a pleasant little walk that explores the old Missouri river channel.

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