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Branson a Family Vacation Destination
For first time visitors, Branson hotels are great places for great
people to have a great family friendly vacation. All the
entertainment of Vegas (no gambling) but here we are family
friendly. Branson is home to more than 50 live theaters,
17 movie screens, 1 IMAX and numerous shows and
productions. Branson is also the home for several museums,
three lakes, and twelve championship golf courses. Other
local attractions include Silver Dollar City, Celebration
City, White Water, an IMAX Theater, The Shepherd of the
Hills, Mount Pleasant Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Ride The
Ducks, Zip Lines, Tanger Outlet Mall and Branson Landing.
Branson is a city in Stone and Taney counties in the U.S.
state of Missouri. It was named for Rueben Branson,
postmaster and operator of a general store in the area in
the 1880s. The population was 6,050 at the 2000 census.
In 1882, Rueben Branson opened a general store and post
office in the area. Branson was formally incorporated in
1912 and construction of the Powersite Dam nearby on the
White River which would form Lake Taneycomo was completed.
In 1894 William Henry Lynch had bought Marvel Cave and had
begun charging visitors to see it. Hugo and Mary Herschend
bought the cave in 1950 and began hosting square dances in
it. The Herschend Family modernized the cave with
electricity and cement staircases, and in 1960, the
Herschends opened Silver Dollar City which was a recreated
frontier town of five shops and a church, and it featured a
log cabin with actors playing out the feud between Hatfields
Harold Bell Wright had published his novel about the Ozarks,
The Shepherd of the Hills, in 1907. The Old Mill Theater
began its first outdoor production based on the novel in
1960. The show still runs today.
1963 saw the completion Table Rock Dam on the White River,
which created Table Rock Lake.
Every Show has a First
The Presley family became the first to move their show to
Highway 76 in 1967 (which would become known as the
"strip"), and a year later, the Baldknobbers moved their
show there as well. This area would eventually grow to more
than 50 theaters – many located on Highway 76.
In 1983, Roy Clark opened the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre,
becoming the first famous country music star to have his own
venue in Branson. Many of performers that have played in
Branson, got their first start at that venue. A series of
larger theatres opened soon thereafter. In 1987, Box Car
Willie became the first entertainer with a permanent
schedule in Branson.
2005 - Present
The Titanic Museum opened in 2006 and includes artifacts
from the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Also on display are
models of the ship, a full scale replica of the grand
staircase and recreations of various rooms of the ship, in
addition to eye-witness accounts of the events that
occurred. And there are tilted planks of decks to see what
it feels like during the sinking.
Branson Landing opened in the summer of 2006 on the Lake
Taneycomo waterfront in downtown Branson. The lakefront
project includes retail space with Bass Pro Shops and Hudson
Belk as anchors in an outdoor shopping mall of stores and
restaurants. The new Branson Convention Center, which is
situated between the Landing and Historic Downtown Branson,
opened September 7, 2007.
In 2007, ground was broken for the $155 million Branson
Airport on land formerly belonging to Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Open in May 2009, it is the largest privately-owned
commercial airport in the United States. The construction
which involves flattening several Ozark mountains is said to
be the largest earth moving project in Missouri history.