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Branson, MO

Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" with over 50 theaters and more than 100 shows, Branson, MO has earned its nickname.

Branson's entertainment pioneers
by Robert McGill.
Reeds Spring, Mo. : White Oak Pub., c2011.
"A success story for our times"--Cover.
     
The heart of Branson : the entertaining families of America's live music show capital
Arline Chandler.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2010.
Millions of Americans Cherish childhood memories of family trips to Branson to see performances by the Baldknobbers or the Presleys. Now they take their own children to see how new generations of those same entertaining families continue to split sides and tug heartstrings. Go backstage with Arline Chandler in places like Silver Dollar City and the Shephered of the Hills. Reminisce in the stories of the people who made Branson into the showbiz marvel that it is today while holding on to the values of hard work and family at the town's cultural foundation. And learn about the emergence of newer acts like the Duttons, the Hughes Brothers and Shoji Tabuchi in a place where Broadway and the backwoods shake hands and SIX voices is all that is needed to produce a full orchestra. Book jacket.
     
Branson hauntings
Lee Prosser.
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Publishing, c2010.
Take a unique look at one of the most famous tourist locations in the United States-and one of the most haunted. Find apparitions of ghosts and shadow figures at the Music City Center, and walk along the river during twilight hours to experience an intense feeling of not being alone. Visit Branson Cemetery to see a ghostly skirmish from the Civil War era and two dead children chasing each other through the tombstones. See tears of a ghost woman as she cries for her baby on Third Street, where a strange grave setting is located. Witness actor Cameron Mitchell's ghost at varied restaurants and gift shops in Branson's historic business section; he is seen wearing a dark business suit and smiling. Meet a young couple emerging from a time portal at Matt's Cabin. Branson has the haunts for you!
     
Bloody bones
Laurell K. Hamilton.
New York : Berkeley Books, 2008.
  1. "An Anita Blake, vampire hunter novel"--Cover.
  2. Originally published : 1996.
     

Be it morning, noon or night, Branson offers a variety of entertainment. Music fans can hear the likeness of legends such as Elvis, Liberace,  or the Rat Pack. Experience some of the famous Broadway musicals of all time, like Chicago, 42nd Street and Oklahoma. See a show at one of the celebrity owned theaters. That's where many of the celebrities got their start in the business. Some still perform at their venue.

No matter what your budget is, Branson has plenty of places to stay. Choose from a wide selection of condos, motels or hotels. Resorts around Table Rock and Taneycomo Lake can provide fun family water activities from boating to fishing to jet skiing. Rough it up at one of the many campgrounds nestled in the Ozark Mountains, or rent a cabin, or hook up your RV.

Celebrity Theaters

Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre
Jim Stafford Theatre
Moon River Theater
Yakov Smirnoff Theater

more theaters

Sightseeing tours can give you the history of Branson. The trolley loops around Historic Downtown Branson where you can get off and on to  experience its unique shopping and restaurants. Ride The Ducks for a fun land and water adventure of the city. 

Relive the past at Silver Dollar City. Watch and learn from Craftsmen demonstrating skills in pioneer crafts such as candy making, glass  blowing and woodcarving.

And because of mild winters in the region you can plan a Branson getaway any season of the year.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff