Visitors move in to get a closer look at whats left of the Lewis and Clark statue as the Mississippi River overtakes on the St. Louis Riverfront in St. Louis on April 19, 2013. Officials predict the Mississippi River to crest at 39.4 feet on the St. Louis riverfront on April 23. That is more than nine feet over flood stage. The record crest set back in 1993 was more than 49 feet.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Riverboat Operator Holds Out Hope For Revival

When the Burger King Boat slammed into the Poplar Street Bridge and the minesweeper Inaugural sank in 1993, it marked the beginning of the end for a riverfront lined with restaurants.


The USS Inaugural minesweeper, exposed on a sand bar on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis on December 7, 2012. Due to drought conditions, water levels on the river have dropped to 13 feet, possibly going as low as nine feet before the end of the year. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Remember the Inaugural?

World War II minesweeper is visible in low Mississippi River at St. Louis.