Long before the music shows, shopping, and area theme parks, Branson Missouri was just a post office and general store, named after Rueben Branson, the man who opened the store, in 1882.
During the late 1800's settlers began moving to southern Missouri in search of free land during the homestead acts. Settlers could claim 160 acres and begin their lives. Little did they know they were contributing to what would become one of the largest family tourist destinations in the United States.
In 1907, Harold Bell Wright wrote his famous book, "The Shepherd of the Hills." Visitors began coming to the area to see the hills that were wrote of in the book. Resorts would soon follow attracting visitors to great fishing and relaxing in the Ozark hills. And in 1949, Hugo and Mary Herschend obtained what is known as Marvel Cave. It is now one of Silver Dollar City's main attractions.
In 1959 Branson's first show opened their doors. They called it The Baldknobbers Hillbilly Jamboree Show.
Soon after others followed and more and more shows began to sprout up to become what is now known as "The Strip."
Now Branson Missouri is one of the best family tourist destinations around. Known for the shows, shopping, and theme parks, not to mention fishing and outdoor activities on the area lakes, Branson is a place that has something to offer everyone in the family!