The Branson Titanic
A massive reconstruction of
the ill-fated
Titanic sails again
on the Branson Strip.
Showboat Branson Belle
This magnificent attraction
gives visitors a chance to step
back in time aboard a real
paddlewheel showboat.
Branson, Missouri - Historic Sites & Points of Interest
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Points of Interest in Branson, Missouri
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Points of Interest in Branson, Missouri
Branson, Missouri
Ozarks culture, Branson is a major destination.
Live Music Capital in the Ozarks
Nestled in the beautiful Ozarks region of
Southern Missouri, the city of Branson has
become one of America's most popular
vacation destinations. A center for music and
Southern history and culture. Many of the
city's shows and attractions, some of which
have been in operation for decades, are
already historic in their own right, while the
development of Branson itself is one of the
truly great stories of the South.

The area surrounding Branson was the
haunt of bushwhackers and outlaws during
and after the Civil War. Jesse and Frank
James, the Younger Brothers, Alf Bolin and
others roamed the region, striking their
opponents and becoming legendary heroes
to their supporters. Bare rocky hilltops
around Branson, called "Bald Knobs" by the
locals, were used as meeting places for
gangs and vigilantes during the post-war
years, a practice that gave these groups the
name "Bald Knobbers." For decades after the
Civil War, they controlled the Missouri Ozarks.

Peace finally returned to the region, however,
and the modern community of Branson was
founded in 1903. Its founders originally
envisioned an industrial center, but Branson
instead has grown into one of America's
premier family vacation destinations.

Providing the first significant spark for the
development of tourism in Branson was
Harold Bell Wright's acclaimed novel,
The
Shepherd of the Hills
.

The book tells a fascinating story involving a
series of characters living in the beautiful
Ozarks of the Branson area. It became the
first novel in American history to sell over
1,000,000 copies.

Visitors flocked to the region to see the
places described in Wright's book, many of
which are now preserved at the Henning
Conservation Area on the edge of town.

Over time the initial burst of tourism
stimulated by Wright's book grew into a
permanent industry for Branson. The music
scene developed and the city now claims
more live shows than either Las Vegas or
New York. There are museums, amusement
parks, vacation resorts and attractions by the
score.

In spite of its rapid development, Branson
has been able to maintain its status as an
ideal destination for families. The shows are
clean and many come with a message.

Although it is a modern and progressive city,
Branson is a major destination for Christian
families for a reason. It is a place where
families with children can visit almost any
attraction without worrying about exposing
their children to unsuitable material.
Ozark Mountain Scenery
Dogwood Canyon Nature
stunning mountain scenery.
For the latest show schedules, ticket prices
and other information,
please click here to
visit the Branson Chamber of Commerce's
official website.

The links below also connect you to a wide
variety of information about Branson,
Missouri.
Courtesy of the Showboat Branson Belle
The Ozark Zephyr
The beautifully-restored train
leaves downtown Branson for
trips through the Ozarks.
Branson, Missouri
The Branson area boasts
scores of resorts, hotels,
historic sites and other
attractions.
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