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The History of Taney County, Missouri

What do you think of when think of Taney County, Missouri? Perhaps you think of the famous and fish filled lake by the name of Lake Taneycomo – which is short for Taney County Missouri. Maybe you think of College of the Ozarks, the only college in the county. Or perhaps you might think of the Taney County Fire Department, or the town of Forsyth, Missouri, which happens to be the county seat. Taney County is full to bursting with great people, beautiful places, and fun things to do. The county also boasts a rich history, one that any citizen of Taney County can be proud of.

Taney County was carved out of the rugged Ozarks wilderness – it took hard work, determination and a bit of luck on the part of the people who inhabited the area. But they did it – and their heritage is one that should not be forgotten. Taney County became an officially organized and federally recognized county on January 4, 1837. The county was named in the honor of Roger Brooke Taney. This famous man was the fifth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court – he is most often recognized for delivering the majority opinion on the Dred Scott v. Sanford case. (This historical event happened some years after the Southwest Missouri county was named after him.)

Once the county was in place, a courthouse was built in 1837 by pioneer settlers in the area. It remained standing until the dawn of the single bloodiest event in the history of the United States: the Civil War. The Taney County courthouse was destroyed on July 22, 1861, during a Civil War battle. Post war, a second courthouse was built, and stood tall as a symbol of the county until it was destroyed by fire in December of 1885. With the stubborn determination that still characterizes the Ozarks people today, loyal county citizens built yet another courthouse. In 1952, this courthouse was removed so that the construction of Bull Shoals Lake could be carried out to completion. The fourth, final and current courthouse was occupied on August 1, 1952.

Taney County was the county in which Harold Bell Wright settled to write his famous novel, The Shepherd of the Hills – county residents still take pride in this today. But the county saw its fair share of historical troubles as well; Taney County was the hotspot for the Baldknobber vigilantes. Deep in the heart of the county lies the old bald hill upon which the leaders would light signal fires to summon the rest of the gang. The Baldknobbers murdered, plundered and robbed many of Taney County’s residents, and are featured as the main villains in Wright’s book.

Today, Taney County is known for its lakes – Bull Shoals, Table Rock and Taneycomo – as well as being the county in which Branson, Missouri is located. It is also famous for its hiking trails, and for being the locale for the acclaimed movie ‘Winter’s Bone.’ It is a county full of history, rock formations and hill folk – if you haven’t been yet, come see it for yourself! If you want to find out more about the history of Taney County, visit the Branson library.

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Planning Your Branson Wedding

A wedding is by far one of the most prominent events that can happen in a person’s life – and there is certainly a great deal of planning involved in putting on such a grand event! There are details such as flowers, cake, wedding clothes and decorations to consider. There is the choice of music, wedding reception food and who to hire to photograph the special occasion. One of the biggest choices the bride and groom have to make, however, is the location of the wedding! If you want a memorable marriage event for yourself and your guests, consider holding your wedding in Branson, Missouri! There are a number of fun and unique locations in the Tri-Lakes area that are sure to fit your style and make your Branson wedding memorable.

weddingportraitA Traditional Setting: If you and your soon to be spouse like the idea of a traditional church wedding, consider holding your event at the beautiful College of the Ozarks Chapel, located on the college campus in historic Point Lookout, Missouri! This awe-inspiring location features a cathedral style high vaulted ceiling, student made stained glass windows, padded church pews and rustic chandeliers – making it a great place to tie the knot! The chapel can be reserved through the campus Christian Ministries Department. College of the Ozarks also hosts weddings at The Keeter Center, a lodge style restaurant and event center.

A Rustic Location: If you like a quaint and rustic style nestled into the woods, check out Silver Dollar City’s Wilderness Church in Branson, Missouri! This historic location where lovers have exchanged vows for decades smacks of quiet charm and is a very unique location for your special day. The bride and groom will dedicate their lives to each other in front of a grand picture window that overlooks the beautiful wooded Ozark Mountains, while their guests look on from old fashioned church pews. There are a number of packages available, each featuring different amenities to make your Branson wedding perfect. More information is available on the SDC website. Another lovely rustic option is The Hope Wilderness Chapel at Dogwood Canyon. This gorgeous nature park provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. The chapel is a replica of an 1800s country church, featuring all local materials, such as native Shortleaf Pine logs, sawn Oak floorboards and an Eastern Red Cedar ceiling. The chapel seats up to one hundred twenty guests and boasts a back wall made entirely of windows, so you can gaze out upon the scenic canyon views as you say “I do.” Visit the Dogwood Canyon website for more information.

An Outdoor Event: If you and your sweetie relish the idea of open air vows, you are sure to find the Ledgestone Gardens in Walnut Shade, Missouri, very appealing! A uniquely landscaped garden wedding venue, this location features native plants, beautifully manicured garden pathways and a variety of water features. You are sure to find serenity here at the Ledgestone Gardens. A variety of packages are offered, including wine tasting and lodging at the neighboring bed and breakfast. Visit their website for pricing and information.

And For The Party Afterwards: After your Branson wedding, chances are that you will need somewhere to hold a reception to celebrate your union. If you are looking for a place that can really handle a crowd, consider reserving the meeting and event space at Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort in Branson, Missouri! They have the room; all you need to provide is the party. Thousand Hills also offers condos, cabins and suites for your honeymoon after your Branson wedding celebration. Visit the Thousand Hills website for listings of available spaces, as well as lodging availability and pricing.

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Clay Cooper Theater Adds New Shows and Old Favorites for 2014

Clay Cooper Brings Fun in 2014When Clay Cooper began performing for Branson audiences at 16, he knew he loved country music and meeting new people. He’s now celebrating his 26th season in Branson, MO, and shares the stage with 21 veteran cast members in his high energy variety show.

Ten dancers and a six-piece band make up a portion of the cast for Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express. Their song, dance, and comedy make for a show that’s sure to get your feet stomping and bursting with laughter! Classic country, contemporary country, and some rock and roll are sure to be heard at Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express.

In addition to his own show, Clay Cooper Theater is home to a variety of other performers, including the Rankin Brothers. Voted Branson’s Best Show in 2009 and 2010, the Rankin Brothers Classic Music Review has received more than 15 awards in its first three seasons in Branson. The best part is the Rankin Brothers are impressionists, recreating the sounds and voices of legends like Elvis, Roy Orbison, and even Sonny and Cher. This talented pair brings music and comedy to the stage at the Clay Cooper Theater.

Red, Hot… & Blue is another show that will return to the Clay Cooper Theater for 2014. Awarded Best Morning Show, Best Costumes, and Best Vocal and Dance Group, the talented cast of Red, Hot…& Blue take you on a journey through the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s through the music and dance of the era. An All-American salute to veterans is also part of the lineup for Red, Hot… and Blue.

One of the newest additions to Clay Cooper Theater is the fast paced percussion of Buckets N Boards. Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever have created a high energy show full of rhythmic and musical comedy that will captivate audiences young and old. Great tap dancing and hilarious songs are just two of the unexpected things you’ll find in Buckets N Boards.

Last but certainly not least is the legendary Mel Tillis. A Grand Ole Opry member and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Tillis has made his mark as an entertainer, especially with his many hits, including “Ruby” and “Coca Cola Cowboy.” Through Dec., Tillis will entertain crowds at the Clay Cooper Theater with his award winning and chart topping songs.

To get tickets for any of the shows at Clay Cooper Theater, visit the concierge at Thousand Hills. For an updated show schedule, visit claycoopertheatre.com for more information about show times, & dates.

While you’re in Branson for the holidays, be sure to consider Clay Cooper when choosing a family show that everyone can enjoy.

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Branson Titanic Museum’s Newest Additions

 

The Branson Titanic Museum is a museum that is dedicated to the RMS Titanic. It is established to house different artifacts from the actual Titanic under the Atlantic Ocean. Besides that, it also captures the details of the tragic event that sank the great ship through history of the things that are related to the ship. So, this holiday season, include the Branson Titanic Museum in your holiday itinerary in Branson, Missouri. Discover more than what the ship was as you go through the big museum.

If you come looking for the Branson Titanic Museum, you won’t get lost as its building is a half-scale replica of the actual RMS Titanic! Once you are inside, you will witness over 20 galleries telling the different stories about the Titanic. There are over 400 artifacts collected and gathered from the sunken ship for guests and visitors to see! You will learn lots about the ship from its first construction to its rediscovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. See the replica of the staircase of the ship that was featured prominently in the Titanic movie. Guests of all ages will have fun here!

This year, the Branson Titanic Museum adds two new things to see. When you visit Branson this holiday season, be sure to drop by this great museum! Here are the two additions in the Branson Titanic:

The Children of Titanic

The Branson Titanic introduces the littlest heroes, the Children of Titanic! There will be new stories dedicated exclusively to the children who boarded the great ship over 100 years ago. You will learn the history of the Titanic through the eyes of children as each one of them has their own story to tell! Be prepared to have you hearts melted by the endearing stories of the little ones!

Titanic Fantasy Princess

According to legend, the Ozark Mountains has blithe spirits and woodland fairies living in the area. Even if the spirits could not be seen, they could be felt in the mountains. And this holiday season, the Branson Titanic Museum will bring these spirits into life through a mythical Fantasy Princess. She will bring magic into the museum and the enchanting forest of the Ozark Mountains will be seen through her as she brings joy and entertainment to all the guests and visitors of the museum. Starting November 28 and every Wednesday through December 29, behold the magic that goes on in the Branson Titanic Museum!

 

While you are in Branson, make Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort your home away from home. With the perfect location in the heart of Branson, you can have all the fun you want and not be far from home. Choose from a Branson Condo, a Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. With our affordable prices and the luxury we provide guests, you will have the best holiday you have ever had. For more information on the Branson Titanic Museum, please visit http://www.titanicbranson.com/ or dial 1-800-381-7670. For more information on Thousand Hills or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Silver Dollar City: A Place for Year-Round Fun

 

Silver Dollar City is considered far by Branson’s most famous theme park. It is a place where you can take the whole family to have fun and excitement. It is also the place to go if you are looking for some spine-tingling, mind-boggling thrill rides. The theme park has different features that you would just enjoy. Starting off with its rides, it has over 30 rides and attractions for you to enjoy. If you are looking for world-class roller coasters, then Silver Dollar City is the place to go! Another is that it provides 6 entertainment venues for Branson’s famous live shows where you can enjoy more than 40 shows per day! Now, a theme is not a theme park without the food, right? Silver Dollar City is also home to 12 different restaurants that serve traditional and unique Branson dishes. As a matter of fact, “Amusement Today” has given the theme park the title for best theme park food in the whole of America. Silver Dollar City the an action-packed theme park, which also features craftsmanship all over the area as there are over 100 craftsmen in every corner doing crafts. So, when you are in Branson, Missouri, don’t forget to visit Silver Dollar City!

The fun doesn’t end with that because Silver Dollar City is also a venue for different festivities and celebrations all throughout the year. Branson, Missouri is a number one tourist destination and Silver Dollar City is one of the best Area Attractions in the entertainment capital of the Midwest. Here are the festivals you could see every year at Siler Dollar City from mid-March through December 30. Click the links for more details:

World-Fest

Bluegrass and BBQ Festival

National Kids Fest

Southern Gospel Picnic

National Harvest Festival

Old Time Christmas

With all of these festivities, there is no doubt why more and more people are going to Branson, Missouri and visit Silver Dollar City to make the most out of their stay. The theme park provides more than just fun as it lets you create memories that you will cherish for the rest of your lives with your family.

While you are in Branson, maximize your stay at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. At any time of the year, the resort will provide you with the best Branson accommodation. And for whatever purpose, you will surely have more than what you pay for. You can choose from a Branson Condo, a Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. Whatever you lifestyle or taste is, Thousand Hills has what you are looking for. For more information, or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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A Romantic Branson February For The Couple

 

February is another time of the year for the couple. It is the love month, the romantic month, the sweet month, the very month that gives life to cupid. So, this February, spend the romantic month with your partner in the best place in the country. It’s is none other than Branson, Missouri, where fun and entertainment keep the city alive.

Branson, Missouri is far by one of the most famous tourist destination in the Midwest. It has so many things to see and do that will surely make your February one of the best months of your year. Starting with the breathtaking lakes in the area, you can take a stroll along the shores of the pristine lakes with your loved one and just enjoy the each other’s presence. You can do this in the morning and feel the cold windy air along with the warm sunshine that will touch your skin. And once your day starts, you can engage in different water activities in the TriLakes Area. Don’t forget to check out the State Park Marina!

After having so much fun at the lakes, chill out by watching the live musical shows that made Branson famous. There will be so many shows to choose from! Whether it’s a romantic show or a comedy show, you will enjoy it with your loved one. And if you feel that tummy grumble, treat yourselves to a Valentine’s Lunch in known Branson Restaurants. Delight in delicious local and international cuisine whipped by the best chefs in town!

Spend the afternoon by knowing more about the Titanic at the Branson Titanic Museum. It is the world’s largest Titanic Museum. You won’t get lost because the actual building is a half-scale replica of the Titanic. Discover facts and see dozens of artifacts found in the sunken ship below the Pacific Ocean. You will absolutely love it as you will feel like you are part of the huge ship. It’s an adventure and an educational trip for you and your loved one.

Finally, complete your day by having that romantic dinner. You can have it on a cruise on the Landing Princess as you travel by water and see the Table Rock Lake at night. It would truly be a romantic night for the both of you, so make sure to not miss this!

After that long day, you would want to have that rest. Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort has just what you are looking for. The Branson Log Cabin is simply perfect for you and your loved one. It is located in a secluded and romantic setting that takes you away from the busy streets of the metro. Feel the peace around you as you enjoy each other’s company. Make the most out of this lovely month. For more information, or for reservations, 1-877-262-0430.

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Celebrate your New Year’s Eve in Branson

 

It’s just a few more days and it’s time to welcome 2014! New Year is just there and wouldn’t it be great if you were to celebrate it in the number one tourist destination in the Midwest? Yes, Branson, Missouri is the place to be this upcoming New Year. It is perfectly located at the heart of the Ozarks, and surrounded by numerous Area Attractions for your ultimate enjoyment. The city can provide the whole family with entertainment and make the New Year’s Eve a very memorable one. Branson has all forms of entertainment – from live musical shows to great outdoors! If you want your New Year to be the best, better consider Branson, Missouri as your destination! Here are the things you should not forget this New Year’s Eve:

Branson Shows

Branson became famous because of the live musical shows it has. There are just so many shows that will keep you entertained while you are in the city. Every single day, there are over a hundred shows that plays. This new year, watch out for shows such as the Jim Stafford Show, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, and Legends in Concert. It would definitely be a great way to celebrate December 31st through these shows.

Branson Outdoors

The Branson Outdoors is one of Missouri’s pride. The natural lands of Branson is the perfect getaway backdrop if you want to be in a peaceful place, away from the busy streets of Missouri. You can engage in many activities while you enjoy the outdoors, such as mountain biking, hiking, ziplining, canopy touring, camping, and so much more. Besides that, the TriLakes Area in Branson would be the best place to be to experience the outdoors.

Branson Parties

Your New Year in Branson would not be complete without the parties! Be present in the celebrations in Branson at the Chateau on The Lake and many more. These parties will welcome you to the Branson tradition. Whether you are looking for a planned time of celebration or not, the parties in Branson would definitely give you an awesome New Year’s Eve.

There’s only a few days left before New Year’s Eve, so you better make plans as early as now if you want to have the best ending for 2013. Whether you’re interested in area attractions, thrill rides, restaurants, shopping, outdoors, or live entertainment, Branson has it all for you. Make this New Year’s Eve count and spend it in Branson, Missouri.

 

And while you are in Branson, make Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort your home away from home. We have the best Branson Lodging you could ever imagine. Choose from a Branson Log Cabin, a Branson Condo, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. You won’t regret it! For more information, or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Start the Year Right in Branson

 

January is the time of the year when people are starting a new life and a new beginning. It’s the time of the year after the busy Christmas and it is also the time of the year that has a slow pace in the entertainment districts of the world. As you celebrate the best Christmas 2013, why not make your January 2014 count as well by spending it in Branson, Missouri.

Even if Branson, Missouri is an entertainment capital of the Midwest, it is also a place to just chill out and relax and spend the month of January away from the busy streets of the metro. There are still many things to do in Branson that will not just keep you entertained, but will also let you have an awesome time! As said, January is a slower month as compared to other months of the year. Thus, spend it in the city by visiting places which you do not go to on a typical vacation. You don’t have to worry because the crowd you might be expecting won’t be there thanks to the winter season!

You can start your Branson January by attending one of the popular January events, which is the honouring of the American Veterans with remembrance of the signing of the Vietnam Peace Accord in 1973. There will be a ceremony and a dinner each year. Know more about the history of the country by attending this traditions that remains sacred to Americans and to those who participated in the war. You can also visit the Veterans Memorial Museum to know more about the courageous deeds of our countrymen. It is definitely a great way to start the year!

The museums in Branson are also places that you can visit during your Branson January. They are both entertaining and educational and for sure, kids would love them. One of the museums is the Branson Titanic Museum. You won’t get lost if you are looking for it because the building is actually a half-scale replica of the Titanic. Each year, there is a Branson tradition wherein an ice sculpting event will be held at the museum. Famous ice sculptors from all over the world will keep you entertained while you learn more about the history of the Titanic. It’s going to be w winter season plus all the ice, so it’s going to be really chilly! But of course, there are also other museums in Branson which you can visit. You can try the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum and get to see out of this world things that will leave you flabbergasted! Or you can be closer to your favorite celebrities at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Just don’t forget to bring your cameras!

January is also a great time to do some after Christmas shopping if you are avoiding the huge crowds in the malls. Head to historic downtown district and behold the different shopping places such as the Branson Landing, Tanger Outlet, Imax Shopping Complex, and The Shopped at Branson Meadows. You can either shop or just enjoy the rest of the day with your family.  There are just so many things to do in Branson! For more places to visit, please visit Branson Area Attractions.

 

With all of that, Branson will surely keep you entertained if you decide to spend you January with us. And for your home away from home, let Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort do its job to serve you. You can choose from a Branson Condo, a Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. These Branson Lodging will definitely keep you away from the busy streets of the metro without being too far from Branson Area Attractions. For more information, or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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#NowPlaying Live Shows in Branson

 

Branson, Missouri is an entertainment capitol in the Midwest. Millions of tourists from all over the world go here in search of something new, something fun, and something exciting. Because of that, Branson, Missouri has been established to cater to the desires of the people by having different kinds of attractions. And one of those attractions is the live musical shows, which is the reason for the fame of the entertainment capitol. The Branson Live Shows have brought Branson where it is today.

The Branson Live Shows are more than just shows. There are different unique stories with the accompaniment of music for the enjoyment of people. From the usual drama scenes to the action packed Wild West, there is always something for everyone. Actually, there are magic, rock ‘n’ roll, country, family harmonies, comedy, variety, gospel, and dinner shows that will absolutely and definitely keep you going from morning until night! For more than 50 years, these Live Shows have been a staple of vacation in Branson. With more than 100 shows, all you could possibly imagine is already in Branson Live Shows. Branson offers a variety of entertainment options for all visitors no matter what age.

While you are in Branson, you would want to continue the fun in one of Branson’s luxurious hotel & resorts. Thus, Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort is proud to present to you its line of Branson nightly rentals. You have three choices to choose from: A Branson Condo, Branson Log Cabin, or Branson Table Rock Lake Condo.

If you want to have a fresh view of the award-winning Thousand Hills Golf Course and feel the aura of the lush greens, try the Branson Condo. You can make use of the amenities included, such as indoor and outdoor pools and a complete gym area. The Branson Log Cabin is a famous Branson Lodging at the Cabins at Grand Mountain. Enjoy the secluded and romantic wooded setting of a Branson Log Cabin with an interior that is intended to flow with the surroundings; you will truly feel that you are one with nature. And if you want to have the most luxurious place to stay that is only minutes from one of Branson’s most pristine lakes, Table Rock Lake, check out The Majestic. These 2 to 4 Branson Table Rock Lake Condos will wow you from the moment you set food on the place. The interior is simply exceptional and the scenery outside can’t be explained by words alone!

 

Plan your next vacation with your family and schedule the Live Shows you want to see. Have fun and make the most out of your Branson trip. Maximize your stay and make Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort your home away from home. For more information or for reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Branson Log Cabins: Your Own Private Getaway

 

 

The perfect lodging place would be something that defines luxury and comfort. The log cabins in Branson not only gives you the feel of a five-star hotel; it also gives you the comfort that you really need and want to get from your vacation. Among all the other lodging options that you have in Branson, why should you choose a Branson log cabin?

 

One of the most popular leaders of the Branson log cabin rentals is Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is strategically located in Highway 76 in downtown Missouri. This is the place where practically everything and anything exciting happens in Branson. It is located near Silver Dollar City, Branson’s world-famous amusement park, and other nature parks that anyone will find delight in, whether you may be a nature lover or not. It is also situated near Branson’s best restaurants and live music shows and theaters. Clearly, location is of the best advantage to you when you choose Thousand Hills to be your lodging place in Branson.

 

The Branson log cabins in Thousand Hills promises you three things: scenery, luxury, and comfort. Scenery is an important aspect for your vacation lodging place as it can set your mood and can also help to relax your mind. These Branson log cabins is surrounded by woods and valleys, and is located in Thousand Hills’ secluded area. It guarantees a very homey feeling for you, and not all people in Branson get to experience this relaxed atmosphere that is exclusive to Thousand Hills Golf Resort.

 

Luxury is not all about gold. While the Branson log cabins in Thousand Hills does not have glittery gold stuff in it, it still promises you the feeling of being in a high-end hotel. The cabins are made of Colorado cut spruce logs so that even the interiors speak of the rusty and rugged feel of the cabins. The interior of the cabin is also infused with an air of modernity that perfectly blends well with the rustic look of the cabin. These cabins also come with fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, with king-sized beds, comfortable linens, and Jacuzzi tubs. Also, to further define luxury, these cabins have come with a fully equipped kitchen, where all the things you need for cooking are basically available. For your relaxation needs, these Branson log cabins also have a porch or a private deck where you can sit back, relax, and listen to the sounds of nature to completely keep your mind away from worries.

 

Lastly, comfort is of the utmost importance in any lodging place. The Branson log cabins in Thousand Hills offers you just that. Be comfortable enough with the spacious log cabins. The spacious living room of the log cabins makes it the perfect place for some bonding activities with family and friends. When something feels truly like your own home, it is comfort.

 

Book your own Branson log cabin rental in Thousand Hills Golf Resort now and experience the perfect private getaway for your vacation.

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