Presleys' Country Jubilee, one of
Jim Barber & Seville - Hamner
Branson is a city in
County in the U.S. state of
A typical busy night on "The Strip"
was named for Rueben Branson, postmaster
and operator of a general store
area in the 1880s. Branson is a popular destination for vacationers
from Missouri and the surrounding states. The population was 6,050
at the 2000 census
Statistical Area embraces Stone and Taney counties.
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
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 the Hatfields and
Harold Bell Wright had published his
novel about The
Shepherd of the Hills, in 1907.
The Old Mill
Theater began its first outdoor production based on the novel in
1960. The show known as The Shepherd
of the Hills Outdoor Drama & Homestead
still runs today. It
is also the home of Inspiration Tower, the Sons of the Pioneers
show, and other attractions. The Harold Bell Wright Museum shares a
location with The World's Largest Toy Museum
the completion of Table Rock Dam on the White River, which created
In 1959 The Baldknobbers
opened their show in Branson.
In 1962 Paul Henning
, inspired by a Boy
Scout camping trip to the Ozarks, created the Beverly Hillbillies
which ran on
television until 1971. The first five episodes
of Season 8 in 1969
are set in the Branson area when the
Clampbetts returned to their home. Henning later donated 1,534 acres for the
Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area near Branson.He also
donated the modified 1921 Oldsmobile
truck used as the vehicle in the series to the College of the
Ozarks where it is on display in the Ralph Foster Museum.
The Presley family became the first to move their show to Highway
76 in 1967 (which would become known as the "strip"), followed a
year later by the Baldknobbers. This area would eventually grow to
more than 50 theaters – most of them located on Highway 76.
In the early 1980s the Starlite Theater (not to be confused with
the current theater by the same name) was one of the first to
introduce stage sets, horn section, elaborate costume changes, and
music outside of the traditional country music normally played. It
helped to launch the careers of Shoji
, Doug Gabriel, and many others.
Branson began its transformation into a major tourist attraction
when the 7,500 seat Swiss Villa Amphitheatre opened in Lampe, Missouri.
The theatre, which was later renamed the
Black Oak Mountain Amphitheatre before ultimately closing in the
early 2000s, proved there was a market for large music gatherings.
Ironically, it started out as a venue for rock bands Def Leppard
, REO Speedwagon
, and Ozzy Osbourne
Also in 1983, Roy Clark
Roy Clark Celebrity
, becoming the first famous country music star to have
his own venue in Branson. Many of the performers who have their own
theaters in Branson got their 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.
closest commercial airport is the newly developed Branson
Airport which opened in May 2009, constructed at an
originally projected cost of $155 million on land formerly owned by
Tennessee Ernie Ford.
This airport is privately owned, and it is thought to be the
largest privately-owned commercial airport in the United States.
Its construction involved flattening the tops of a series of Ozark
Mountains and is thought to be the largest earth moving project in
the history of the state. Previously, the closest commercial airport
was Springfield-Branson National
Airport 50 miles northwest of Branson, owned by the City of
Branson is home to more than forty theaters, featuring over 100
shows and productions.
Williams Moon River Theatre. Shows currently performing here
include Andy Williams Variety Show, Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley
with Paul Revere & the Raiders, and The Comets.
NEW Americana Theatre, home to the Haygoods, Tony Roi,
Cassandre':Voice of An Angel, and Red, Hot & Blue!
- Baldknobbers Jamboree Theatre. Home to Branson's First
Show, the Baldknobbers Jamboree.
- Bart Rockett Theatre
- Branson Mall Music Theatre, a shopping mall on W Hwy 76 that
has a music theater featuring various acts.
- Branson Star Theatre. There are two auditoriums in
this theater which features a variety of shows.
- Branson Variety Theatre. Theater features the Twelve
Irish Tenors, Spirit of the Dance, and Broadway!
- Caravelle Theatre. Features #1 Hits of the 60s! show
- Circle B
Chuckwagon Theater, a western-country music theater.
- Clay Cooper
Theatre, a country musician's theater.
- Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Home to Legends In
Concert and the Brett Family.
Stampede, one of Dolly Parton's
Family Theatre. Home to the Dutton Family as seen on America's
- God and Country Theatre.
- Grand Country Music Hall. Home to Buck Trent Show,
Grand Jubilee, and the Comedy Jamboree.
Barber Theater, featuring illusionists The Hamners and
ventriloquist Jim Barber, also home to Ricky Boen and Texas
American Family Theatre, world's largest performing family's
theater. Also home to the show SIX.
Complex and Little Opry, a movie and music show theater.
Stafford Theater. Features the Jim Stafford Show, the Moe Bandy Show,
and the Doug Gabriel Show.
VanBurch Theater features magician Kirby VanBurch along with
his Royal White Tigers and other animals.
- Mansion America Theater. Home to a variety of shows,
currently featuring "Peter Pan" with Cathy Rigby.
- Mickey Gilley
Theatre. Home to the Mickey Gilley Show and the Joey Riley
City Centre, a music theater.
Shanghai Circus Theatre. Home to the Acrobats of China
featuring the New Shanghai Circus.
- Oak Ridge Boys Theatre. Currently features The Oak
Ridge Boys and the Country Tonite Show.
- Osmond Family Theatre. Features Magnificent Variety
Show and The Osmonds Show.
Theatre, An impersonations' theater.
- Pierce Arrow Theatre, musicians and comedians'
Country Jubilee. Features the Presleys', the first show with a
theater on Hwy 76.
Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre, Outdoor theater of
The Shepherd of the
Hills. Another theater on the property features The Sons
of the Pioneers.
- RFD-TV The Theatre. Currently home to 50's At The Hop,
Brule the Indian Opera, and more.
- Shoji Tabuchi
Theatre. Features Shoji Tabuchi, the Japanese fiddler showcased
in the "60 Minutes" TV Show.
- Showboat Branson Belle large riverboat style boat with
a theater that features ventriloquist Todd Oliver & his talking
dogs, as well as the Showstoppers.
& Sound Theatre, Christian music/show theater feauturing
"Noah: The Musical".
- Silver Dollar City, features a multitude of shows and
theaters inside this award-winning (1998 Applause Award from the
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) theme
- Starlite Theatre, home of Liverpool Legends - The
Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band, the Platters & the Rankin
- Tri-Lakes Center. A theater featuring a variety of
shows including Daniel O'Donnell
- The Welk
Theatre at the Welk Resort, a theater in a resort. Shows
include Tony Orlando with the Lennon Sisters, Lee Greenwood with
the Bellamy Brothers, and others.
- Yakov Smirnoff
Theatre. Famous Russian comedian Yakov presents his own show and also others
Christmas Extravaganza, and Yakov's Moscow
Branson also is home to more than ten museums.
- Historic Downtown Museum
- Dick Clark's AB Theater car museum, car museum
in Dick Clark AB Theater.
- Dixie Outfitters/Cooter's Place, "Dukes of Hazzard” Mini–Museum
- Branson Dinosaur Museum, a museum displays about the
- Branson Entertainment Hall of Fame & Museum.
- Harold Bell Wright Museum, a museum is about Harold Bell Wright and toy
- Hollywood Wax Museum, one of Hollywood
Believe It or Not! Museum, one of Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, Roy
Rogers-Dale Evans, TV western stars
- Ralph Foster
Museum, College of
the Ozarks's museum.
Titanic Museum, world's largest Titanic museum.
- Veterans Memorial Museum honors the veterans.
Branson is also the home for two water places, two animal places,
three lakes and twelve championship golf courses. Other local
attractions include Silver Dollar City, White Water, Waltzing
Pleasant Winery, Stone Hill
Winery, Ride The Ducks, The
Haunted House and Monster Asylum, Butterfly
Palace & Rain forest Adventure, Predator World
and the Branson Landing.
Landing opened in the summer of 2006 on the Lake Taneycomo waterfront in downtown Branson.
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
, which is situated between the Landing and
, opened September 7, 2007. Two animal
attractions are Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, a
palace of filled thousands of flying butterflies in a mystical
rainforest maze and Wings of the World, a home of world
Branson is home to America's largest Veterans Day celebration,
"Veterans Homecoming Week."
As of the 2000 census
, there were 6,050
people, 2,701 households, and 1,661 families residing in the city.
The population density
people per square mile (144.4/km²). There were 3,366 housing units
at an average density of 208.1/sq mi (80.3/km²). The racial
makeup of the city was 94.50% White
, 0.84% African American
, 0.03% Pacific Islander
, 1.47% from
, and 1.59% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 4.26%
of the population.
There were 2,701 households out of which 24.3% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples
living together, 9.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families.
31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.76.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age
of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to
64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
43 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,997, and the
median income for a family was $43,145. Males had a median income
of $31,769 versus $21,223 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$20,461. 12.1% of the population and 9.7% of families were below
the poverty line
. 15.6% of those under
the age of 18 and 17.0% of those 65 and older were living below the
List of entertainers associated with Branson
- Branson Travel Guide and Travel Information -
- Fire damages former concert stage in Stone County -
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