1882 - Branson was founded by Reuben Branson as a river trading post.
1907 - Shepherd of the Hills book is published.
1912 - Branson has a population of 1,200.
1949 - Hugo Herschend negotiates a 99 year lease on Marble Cave (renamed Marvel Cave) and 2,000 surrounding acres (Silver Dollar City).
1957 - The Mabe Brothers begin Branson's first music show, The Bladknobbers.
1960 - Silver Dollar City Opens.
1967 - Lloyd Presley, with his family, built the first theater on Highway 76 (363 seats) Presley's Country Jubilee.