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Branson Attractions and Things to See

Branson, Missouri is one city that needs no introduction since it has become the country music capital of the world, as well as many other venues that bring tourists and country music aficionados from around the country and world. In 1882, Reuben Branson would open a general store and post office in the region that would mean the incorporation of the town in 1912 and construction of the Powersite Dam on the White River that would create the magnificent Lake Taneycomo. William Henry Lynch would purchase the Marble Cave and then rename it Marvel Cave, charging visitors to come and see it many "marvels", with the Herschend Family leasing it in 1950 for 99 years and then hosting square dances in it, modernizing it as the same time with lights and cement stairs. They would open Silver Dollar City in 1960, that included five stores and a church, with a marvelous log cabin that housed characters acting out the famous feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. In 1907, Harold Bell Wright would publish his novel, the Ozarks, the Shepherd of the Hills, and the Old Mill would start outdoor productions based on the novel the same year, and it still runs today, and is home to the Sons of the Pioneers Show, Inspiration Tower and many other interesting and exciting attractions, while the museum named after Harold shares the same location with the "World's Largest Toy Museum". In 1958, the Table Rock Dam would be completed, on the White River, and that would create Table Rock Lake, and the next year, the Baldknobbers Jamboree would open their show in the town. Paul Henning, who had been inspired by a Boy Scout camping expedition to the Ozarks, would create the Beverly Hillbillies television show in 1962 that would keep viewers coming back for more until 1971, with the first five episodes of their eighth season in 1969 being set in the city's area that had the Clampetts coming back home. He would eventually donate the 1534 acres for the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation area that is close to the city, as well as donating the modified 1921 Oldsmobile truck that the family used in the series to the College of the Ozarks where visitors can explore it at the Ralph Foster Museum. In 1967, the Presleys would become the first family to move their show to the Ozarks, that would eventually become known as the "strip" today, and then the Baldknobbers came the following year. The strip area would eventually hold some fifty theaters showcasing some of the best stars in music today and then, which were mostly located along the strip, or Highway 67. During the early years of the 1980s, the Starlite Theater would be the initial show to have sets, elegant costume changes, horn sections and music outside the traditional country music genre that had been played there, that would assist in the launching of such careers as Doug Gabriel, Shoji Tabuchi and others.

The city would begin its transformation into a significant tourist attraction in 1983, with opening of the Swiss Villa amphitheater in Lampe, Missouri, and then be renamed the Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater would close in the early 2000s, but not before bringing such outstanding acts as Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Lynyrd Skynrd and Steppenwolf. The first famous country music singer to open his theater in the city would be Roy Clark in 1983, and call it the Roy Clark Celebrity Theater, and would be the place where many ensuing country music singers would get their start. In 1987, Box Car Willie would become the first entertainer to get a permanent schedule there, and Andy Williams would construct his theater in 1992, as the Moon River theater. Branson Airport opened in 2009 to bring even larger groups of tourists to the city on land that had been owned by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Other outstanding venues include the Hollywood Wax Museum, Mount Pleasant Winery, Silver Dollar City, Stone Hill Winery, White Water, the Haunted House, Waltzing Waters, Rainforest Adventure, Ride the Ducks, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, Butterfly Place, Monster Asylum, Ripley's Odditorium, Predator World and Branson Landing.