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Tourism, Dining, Shopping, and Travel Information in Branson, MO

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With over 7 million visitors each year, Branson is an irresistible lure because of its Ozark mountain location with a wide array of recreational activities.  It's more famously known as the "Live Country Music Capitol of the World" with its Las Vegas/Broadway style entertainment presented in more than 80 live shows per day, and one of the nations largest amusement parks - Silver Dollar City.


Branson General Info:

  • Land Area:  16.3 miles
  • Elevation: 947 feet
  • Number of radio stations: 1 AM, 4 FM
  • Number of television stations: 5
  • Transportation:  Springfield/Branson Regional Airport

Branson Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • Skaggs Community Health Center (Hwy. 65 & Skaggs Rd.)

Branson Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

Branson Major Shopping Areas:

Branson Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown
  • Green Mountain Drive
  • Gretna Road
  • Highway 165
  • Highway 76
  • Kimberling City/Branson West
  • Ridgedale
  • Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Branson Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

Branson Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder ("Little House on the Prairie" author)

Notable Moments in Branson History:

  • 1907:  Harold Bell Wright published the novel Shepherd of the Hills, which tells about the Ozark area and its settlers such as the Ross family.
  • 1912: Branson is incorporated with 1,200 residents.
  • 1930's: Lake Taneycomo becomes a popular and inexpensive vacation spot.
  • 1940's:  Hugo Herschend and his family relocated from Chicago and leased Marvel Cave from the Lynch daughters.
  • 1959:  Table Rock Dam was completed.
  • 1959:  The now famous "Baldknobbers" (formerly known as the "Mabes" held their show in the basement of Branson City Hall.  Their "mock" theater held 50 guests.
  • 1960: Silver Dollar City opened as a "crafts show" for the local women artisans.  It offered a single street of shops and a stagecoach ride.
  • 1970's:  A 2-lane highway with alternating third passing law was completed to accommodate the large and ever increasing number of visitors to Branson.

Interesting Facts about Branson:

  • Attracts over 7 million visitors per year.
  • Boasts the #1 theme park in the world...Silver Dollar City.
  • Has over 40 music theatres, 300 hotels, and 200 restaurants.
  • Has more theatre seats than Broadway and Las Vegas combined.
  • The legendary Roy Clark was the first of the national country stars to recognize the potential here, giving his name to theatre.
  • Silver Dollar City was created by those who could not go into the depths of Marvel Cave.  Making crafts while waiting outside allowed them to pass the time.
  • Branson felt it could draw in tourists because it had a commercial ice plant, a soft drink bottling plant, a candy factory, and an ice cream factory — all next to the waterfront.
  • Shepherd of the Hills is based upon the Harold Bell Wright novel about the Ozark area and it's settlers — including the Ross Family whom Mr. Bell lives with while he had tuberculosis (known as "consumption" in the early 1900's).  The novel is created for encouraging tourists to want to come to Branson in the 1930's.
  • It took 5 years to build Table Rock Dam.
  • The Presley's were the first to erect a simple metal building on the road west of Branson and waited each night for guests to show up.  10-year old Steve would tape bumper stickers on to cars in the parking lot during intermission.

Branson Population and Demographics:

  • Population — 6,050
  • White — 94.5%
  • All other races — less than 5.5%
  • Population 18 and under — 22.7%
  • 65 and over — 20.2%
  • Median age — 43 years
  • Average household size — 2.21
  • Median family income - $43,145

Branson Colleges and Universities:

  • College of the Ozarks

Branson Economy & Business — Notable Employers and Industries:

  • Tourism industry is #1 employer and industry

Branson Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

  • None
Reviews
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show - Branson, MO
Absolutely loved the show, also the pre show is something very special. It was funny and entertaining. The main show was stupendous. Can't see this show enough. The food is out of this world, for the mass production and getting so man served in a very timely manner and the food is hot. Unbelievable, actually better than a restaurant. Keep up the great work. Your staff is friendly, entertaining, and not at all pushy, really appreciated that. Thanks for a really great fun time. Will be back
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-- Janice West - West Fork, AR
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show - Branson, MO
Went to see the christmas show. It was truly amazing. If you weren't in the christmas spirit before you went, you will be after ward. The nativity was beautiful. The north and south fued was so fun, the food was great and so much of it. Don't eat lunch that day. My four year old son, barely ate anything and honestly said about two words, he was so mezmerized by the horses, the ostrich and pig races. Definitely expensive, but if you have to choose, pick this one.
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-- The White Family - Dixon Il
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show - Branson, MO
We have been to the one in branson 4 times and went to the one in tennessee once. The first time we went..... Shock!!! We laughed so hard, and clapped and stomped our feet. We had a blast!! The second time we took our daughter and her husband. They had just as much fun as we did the first time, and believe me we still loved it. The 3 time we came alone again... Just cant stay away. The 4 time we brought our other daughter, her husband and 2 children. They couldn't believe they could have so much fun and still get the kids to eat. The show in tennessee is the same as the one in branson. And the food is just as good. We are coming back this year!! Our son is going back to iraq and we feel this is the best show to bring him to before he goes!!! We have 3 military guys in our group this year, and i cant think of a better way to honor all 3!!!
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-- Cormans - Oklahoma
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