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Branson, MO – Around Town

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Lake Taneycomo. There’s a promenade along the lake. We enjoyed walks watching the ducklings and goslings grow up during the month we were there.

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Branson Landing celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year.  It is a $435 million retail entertainment destination located along the banks of Lake Taneycomo in Historic Downtown Branson.  There are over 100 shops and restaurants and a $7.5 million fountain.  Each night a fire and light fountain show takes place starting with the National Anthem.

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Tuesday afternoon farmer’s market at Branson Landing.
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Enjoy a 40 mile roundtrip excursion through the Ozarks and tunnels traveling in the luxury of trail travel from yesteryear.
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The new (Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel) and the old (train depot).

Historic Downtown Branson is where Branson got its start in 1888 (and survived with the building of Table Rock Dam).  It is reminiscent of a century old village with preserved and restored building facades, brick sidewalks, and Victorian lamp posts.  One of the historic landmarks is Dick’s 5 & 10 founded by Dick Hartley in 1961.  It is a well stocked 10,000 square foot store with over 75,000 different items.  There are over 1,100 different kinds of candy and snacks.  We enjoyed a sampling of the taffy.  There were some wacky flavors such as buttered popcorn!

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There are many shows and entertainment opportunities in Branson.  The museums, restaurants, and attractions often had eye catching motifs.  The shows we took in are featured in a previous blog.  Below are interesting pictures around town.

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Downtown Branson in the horizon.
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This is the ferris wheel from the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. It was being assembled during our stay and should be ready by July, 2016.

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A new amusement venue in the works with a plane inside.

Table Rock Lake is a link in a chain of 6 dams that produce hydropower and reduce flooding on the White River.  Table Rock Dam, 6423 feet long, was originally authorized by Congress to be built in 1941 but was delayed due to WWII, the Korean War, and the building of Bull Shoals Dam.  Construction began in 1954 and was completed in 1959 to protect the property in the downstream from the ravages of the White River.

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Hydropower plant to the right.

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Showboat Branson Belle on Table Rock Lake.
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Auxiliary relief area for the dam (to the left). Chateau on the Lake on the right in the background (featured in Branson, MO – Let’s Eat blog).
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Fish hatchery at the base of the dam.

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“The Ozarks, “where life is worthwhile, where people not only are making a living but living a life, the hunters’ heaven and the fishermen’s paradise, where silver springs gush from rocky hillsides, and roar over ledges, tumbling down some forgotten but satisfied ravine…” Dewey Jackson Short

 

 

 

 

 

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