An old gambling riverboat known as the Kanesville Queen passed by Boonville on the Missouri River on Monday after leaving Council Bluffs, Iowa in mid-August.
Crystal Crump, who lives in Boonville, said her father, Keith Sanders was one of the operators, operating the boat while it pushed the riverboat down stream. She made sure she was there to see it go past Boonville.
The boat is headed towards Jefferson City on its first stop to be be scrapped. Two of the top decks will be removed before arriving in its final destination to be totally scrapped in Dubuque, Iowa.
Harrah's will save an estimated $2 million annually by retiring the aging riverboat after Iowa passed a law allowing land-based gambling. This allowed Harrah's to renovate their convention center, which was completed earlier in June. The boat was no longer needed.