Branson, Missouri

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Branson is a city in Taney and Stone counties in the U.S. state of Missouri.wikipedia
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Stone County, Missouri

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Branson is a city in Taney and Stone counties in the U.S. state of Missouri.
Stone County is part of the Branson, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Taney County, Missouri

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Branson is a city in Taney and Stone counties in the U.S. state of Missouri.
The county includes the popular tourist destination city of Branson, Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lakes.

Ozarks

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Branson is in the Ozark Mountains.
Branson is a tourist destination and popularizer of Ozark culture just north of the Arkansas–Missouri border.

Missouri

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Branson is a city in Taney and Stone counties in the U.S. state of Missouri.
Outside of the state's major cities, popular tourist destinations include the Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake and Branson.

Missouri Route 76

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The collection of entertainment theaters along 76 Country Boulevard (and to a lesser extent along Shepherd of the Hills Expressway), including Dolly Parton's Stampede, has increased Branson's popularity as a tourist destination. The tornado followed a 22 mi path from Kimberling City, Missouri, across Table Rock Lake and along the entertainment strip Missouri Route 76 before hitting the downtown area where it blew out or cracked windows in 219 of the hotel rooms in the 12-story/295 room Hilton Branson Convention Center.
It is the most famous road in Branson where it is known as "76 Country Boulevard" and features many of the entertainment theaters for which Branson is famous.

Missouri Route 248

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The collection of entertainment theaters along 76 Country Boulevard (and to a lesser extent along Shepherd of the Hills Expressway), including Dolly Parton's Stampede, has increased Branson's popularity as a tourist destination.
Its eastern terminus is at U.S. Route 65 in Branson.

Marvel Cave

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In 1894, William Henry Lynch bought Marble Cave (renamed "Marvel Cave") and began charging visitors to tour it.
Marvel Cave is a National Natural Landmark located just west of Branson, Missouri, on top of Roark Mountain in Stone County.

Herschend Family Entertainment

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The collection of entertainment theaters along 76 Country Boulevard (and to a lesser extent along Shepherd of the Hills Expressway), including Dolly Parton's Stampede, has increased Branson's popularity as a tourist destination. The Herschend Family modernized the cave with electricity and concrete staircases, and in 1960 the Herschends opened Silver Dollar City, a re-creation of a frontier town that featured five shops, a church, and a log cabin, with actors that played out the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Founded by Jack and Pete Herschend of Branson, Missouri, in its early years HFE was simply known as Herschend Enterprises.

Silver Dollar City

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The Herschend Family modernized the cave with electricity and concrete staircases, and in 1960 the Herschends opened Silver Dollar City, a re-creation of a frontier town that featured five shops, a church, and a log cabin, with actors that played out the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Opened on May 1, 1960, the park is located between Branson and Branson West off of Missouri Route 76 on the Indian Point peninsula of Table Rock Lake.

White River (Arkansas–Missouri)

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Branson was formally incorporated in 1912, and construction of the Powersite Dam nearby on the White River which would form Lake Taneycomo was completed.
The river flows northwards from its source in northwest Arkansas, loops up through southwest Missouri through Branson, Missouri.

Harold Bell Wright

Harold Bell Wright published his novel about the Ozarks, The Shepherd of the Hills, in 1907.
But it was Wright's second novel, The Shepherd of the Hills, published in 1907 and set in Branson, Missouri, that established him as a best-selling author.

James Mason Owen

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Mayor of Branson for 12 years and entrepreneur Jim Owen built the first theater in 1934 on Commercial Street, originally called "The Hillbilly Theater", which began to attract people from far and wide to tour the area.
James Mason "Jim" Owen (November 11, 1903 - July 12, 1972) served as Mayor of Branson, Missouri for 12 years.

Shoji Tabuchi

It helped to launch the careers of Shoji Tabuchi and many others.
Shoji Tabuchi is a Japanese-American country music fiddler and singer who currently performs at his theater, The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, in Branson, Missouri.

Table Rock Lake

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1959 saw the completion of Table Rock Dam on the White River, which created Table Rock Lake. The tornado followed a 22 mi path from Kimberling City, Missouri, across Table Rock Lake and along the entertainment strip Missouri Route 76 before hitting the downtown area where it blew out or cracked windows in 219 of the hotel rooms in the 12-story/295 room Hilton Branson Convention Center.
It is a popular attraction for the nearby town of Branson, Missouri.

Jim Stafford

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In 1990-1991 several nationally known stars such as Jim Stafford, Ray Stevens, Mickey Gilley, and Moe Bandy opened their own theaters.
While prominent in the 1970s for his recordings "Spiders & Snakes", "Swamp Witch", "Under The Scotsman's Kilt", "My Girl Bill", and "Wildwood Weed", Stafford has headlined at his own theater in Branson, Missouri, since 1990.

Andy Williams

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Andy Williams built his theater in Branson, opening on May 1, 1992, calling it the Moon River Theatre.
The Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri is named after the song for which he is best known—Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini's "Moon River".

Buck Trent

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In 1991, local producer and entertainer Bob Nichols opened the first morning show and the following year, Buck Trent became the first nationally known star to star in a morning show.
Charles Wilburn "Buck" Trent (born February 17, 1938) is an American country music instrumentalist currently performing in Branson, Missouri.

Lake Taneycomo

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 the 1920s and 1930s, tourists began to be drawn to the lake and its nearby communities, Branson and Rockaway Beach.

2012 Leap Day tornado outbreak

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Just after 1 a.m. on February 29, 2012, the city of Branson sustained damage from an EF-2 tornado in the 2012 Leap Day tornado outbreak.
By 3:00 am CST on February 29, Branson, Missouri was reporting injuries and severe damage to the town from an EF2 tornado, with homes destroyed and several hotels, businesses, and theaters sustaining severe damage.

The Shepherd of the Hills

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Harold Bell Wright published his novel about the Ozarks, The Shepherd of the Hills, in 1907.
The Shepherd of the Hills was a popular outdoor drama staged from May to October, from 1960 until what was initially announced as its final performance on October 19, 2013, in Branson, Missouri.

Branson Airport

Branson, Missouri
The airport in Branson, the Branson Airport, opened in May 2009.
Branson Airport is a public use airport located eight nautical miles (15 km) south-southeast of the central business district of Branson, a city in Taney County, Missouri, United States.

Tony Orlando

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Also headlining their own theaters were Tony Orlando (Yellow Ribbon Theater) and Bobby Vinton (Blue Velvet Theater).
In 1993 he opened the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

Kimberling City, Missouri

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The tornado followed a 22 mi path from Kimberling City, Missouri, across Table Rock Lake and along the entertainment strip Missouri Route 76 before hitting the downtown area where it blew out or cracked windows in 219 of the hotel rooms in the 12-story/295 room Hilton Branson Convention Center.
Kimberling City is part of the Branson, Missouri Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Paul Henning

In 1962, Paul Henning, inspired by a Boy Scout camping trip to the Ozarks, created The Beverly Hillbillies, which ran on first-run television until 1971.
In 1962, Henning created the CBS series The Beverly Hillbillies; a sitcom based on his past experiences while camping in the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri.

Boxcar Willie

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In 1987, Boxcar Willie became the first internationally known entertainer to purchase a theater in Branson and have a permanent performance schedule there.
In 1985, Martin moved to Branson, Missouri and purchased a theater on Highway 76, or 76 Country Music Boulevard.