The City of Branson, located in Taney County, Missouri, was named after local businessman and postmaster, Reuben S. Branson. Prior to that, the town was called “Lucia.”
Branson is located in Taney County in the Ozark Mountains. The name “Ozark” comes from the French pronunciation of the term “aux arcs.” The exact origin and definition of the term continues to be debated.
Before Branson was world-famous for music shows, it was best known for the novel “The Shepherd of the Hills,” written in 1907 by Harold Bell Wright. The book was inspired by the people living in the Ozark Mountains, and some of the book was actually written in Branson. The story is still shared in Branson today as an outdoor theater production.
Branson may be famous for its live entertainment, with shows covering just about every genre of music, but there are three other activities that draw millions of visitors — attractions, shopping, and outdoor recreation, including fishing.
Branson’s attractions are many and varied; museums, go-karts, ziplines, and more. The Titanic Museum Attraction, Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, The Track Family Fun Parks, and the National Tiger Sanctuary are just a small sample of the attractions found in Branson.
Branson is home to more than 200 shops, including those found at Tanger Outlets, in historic Downtown Branson, in Branson Hills, and at Branson Landing, where you’ll find 95 acres of shopping, dining, lodging, lakefront living, and a variety of entertainment.
On any given day, there can be more than 100,000 visitors in Branson, but its year-round population is just over 10,500. (U.S. Census – 2010)
Table Rock Lake has more than 745 miles of shoreline, 43,100 surface acres, and was officially “opened” in 1959 following the construction of Table Rock Dam on the White River.
Table Rock Dam is 6,423 feet long and 252 feet high, and is one of two dams in the Branson area; the other is Powersite Dam in Forsyth. Both dams were constructed to generate hydroelectric power and for flood control; the positive side effect was a boost in tourism with the creation of Table Rock Lake.
The Huffington Post named the Ozarks as one of the top destinations in the US for fall foliage.