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Branson Missouri History - 100 Years

We've often been asked what our history was, and about Branson Missouri history facts. Here is a quick reference timeline of some of the highlights from Branson's 100 Year history in honor of it's centennial.

A little time lapse history of Thousand Hills in Branson and how it came to be:

 

Timeline 1990 to present

1990 Silver Dollar City Partners purchased 330 acres for $2.85 million dollars and named  it Thousand Hills.

1991Grand Palace opens with Glen Campbell and Louise Mandrell as headliners.

1991 Silver Dollar City's Partners then sold Andy Williams 13 acres for $3 million for his Moon River theatre.

1992 Andy Williams sold 6 acres to the Crown Plaza Partners for $2.5 million and The Radisson hotel was built.

1992 Planning begins for Thousand Hills Golf Course on 106 acres

1992 Silver Dollar City Partners bought additional 130 acres for $1 million.

1992 Announced the Greens Condominiums, sold 80 condos in 11 wks.

1992 November, announced The Foothills Condominiums, sold 138 condos in 11 mos.

1993 October, construction on the Thousand Hills Golf Course began with 120,000 yards of rocks moved and the partners purchased $720,000.00 worth of topsoil.

1994 Construction begins for Thousand Hills clubhouse.

1994 March announced The Club Condominiums, 41 condos sold 14 days.

1994 The group announced the Champions condos  on 18th fairway and went up for sale

1994 The group announced the Fairways condos on 13th fairway and were put up for sale.

1995 Thousand Hills Golf Course and the Clubhouse completed at a cost of $8 million.

1995 April 1st. Andy Williams’s tees up the first golf ball to be driven off the number one tee and history is made.

1995 The Champions condos sells out 69 units.

1997 The Fairways condos sells out 72 units.

1998 Branson visitor counts hits 6.8 Million           

1998 State Highway 65 fromSpringfieldto Branson is undergoing a major construction project widening the two lane road to four lanes. The approximately $60 million project is set for completion late 2001.

1999 Construction begins on the Legacy with 77 condos.   

1999 Visitor Count Tops Seven Million

1999 More than $37 million has been invested in the development of more than 50 new and reconstructed roads allowing visitors to travel from show to attraction and mall to restaurant in a fraction of the time it would take along Highway 76

2000 Branson, Missouri, ranked as the 18th most visited overnight leisure destination in the country

2000 The Legacy sells out 77 units.

2000 Construction begins on The Tower on Table Rock lake with 40 units condos. 

2001 Construction begins on The Grande Legacy.

2001 100% of the condominiums at the Towers on Table Rock lake are sold.

2002 The Grande Legacy (38 units) sells out

2001 October-Sales open at The Cabins at Grand Mountain.

2002 Silver Dollar City groups unveils plans a $40 million dollar development, Celebration City

2002 City announces plan to develop 95 acres on the Taneycomo lakefront called “Branson Landing”

2002 Visitor counts tops Eight Million

2003  Cabins at Grand Mountainhave 80% under contract.

2003  Roy Rogers museum completed at a cost of $3,000,000.00

2003  HCW provides master plan for the Branson Landing estimated cost is $420 million dollars.

2003  Announced The Links at Thousand Hills.  84 unit development.

2003  The Missouri Department of Transportation plans for a $32 million project to build a new bridge over   Lake Taneycomo and widen U.S. 65 to four lanes from the lake to Missouri 165

2003 Highway 465 “Ozark Highroad” opens

2004 Ground work begins for The Residence at Thousand Hills

2004 Ground work completed on the Branson Landing project

2004 The Cabins at Grand Mountain sells out.

2005 Ground breaking for the $50 million dollar Branson Mill craft mall off Gretna Road.

2005 SDC is building a 10 million dollar roller coaster ‘Powder Keg” 0-50 in 5.3 seconds

2005 City of Branson will complete the recreation center

2005 The Dick Clark American Bandstand theatre will be complete across from Dixie Stampede in early 2006.

2005 Sight and Sound theatre announces opening date of 2008, Biblical musical theme

2005 The New Shangai Theatre opens this summer

2005 City starts five lane bridge across Roark creek for the $420 million dollar Branson Landing project.

2005 Branson Missouri Named number #1 for motorcaoch travel.

2006 The Majestic at table rock is opened for sell and 32 units are sold within the first 72 hours

2007 The Sight and Sound group announce they will break ground on a new theatre in Branson Missouri.  The cost of the theatre is $70,000,000.

2007 Patch group announces first privately funded airport to be built in Hollister.  The first plan to land in Spring 2009. The cost of the new airport is $115 Million.

2007 Branson Landing Grand Opening

2009 Branson Missouri's Airport first commercial flight, Sun Country Airlines flight SY509 from Minneapolis/St. Paul, touched down at 9:00 AM followed at 11:55 AM by AirTran Airway’s flight 1582 from Milwaukee.

2009 Gary Snadon announces a one of a kind Zip Line that starts at the top of Inspiration Tower

2010 A group from China announced it'll be taking up residency in the White House Theatre next spring.  Heaven Creation bought the theatre and will debut the show called The Legend of Kung Fu.

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Branson Golf Maintenance Team Gets National Recognition

The Branson Golf Course Maintenance Team was recently awarded national recognition for their customer service that goes above & beyond simply maintaining the grounds. An article in GolfBusiness magazine, the official publication of the National Golf Course Owners Association highlighted a program being pioneered by Thousand Hills to engage the staff and customers to make a better experience for everyone at the course.

Branson Golf CourseOur director of golf and superintendant Pat Shay was interviewed on the details of the program. "We’ve engaged our maintenance crew to hand out logo balls, shake hands with players, and ask them how their rounds are going. It’s worked out better than we could have hoped." Encouraging the maintenance staff to get involved not only makes for good customer relations, it also speeds up play on the course because the complimentary logo balls can be used in place of lost balls that might otherwise slow down play.

In addition, the staff rewards guests for filling out surveys about the course and how Thousand Hills can improve the guest experience. These golf ball giveaway encourages our guests to give us feedback that we can in turn use to continue being the premier Branson golf destination.

The article goes on to suggest this as a tactic that other national golf courses may want to emulate to improve the guest experience at every phase of play. Congratulations maintenance team! Keep up the good work!

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Branson Homes In It's Newest Subdivision

Are you looking for Branson Homes that are brand new, close to the center of town, and in a great, gated community for security and privacy? If so, you won't want to miss the Residence at Thousand Hills.

The Residence at Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson Missouri is located just two blocks off the famous highway 76, the grand palace and Andy Williams Theater. This location is centrally located to anything you could want in the Branson area just blocks from restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and more.

The Residence, which is down to just one patio home, is a condominium set up with little or no maintenance required making it perfect for a second home, or retirement. Have all the space and luxury of your own home without the added hassle of the maintenance that a traditional home takes.

The gated Branson homesBranson Homes at the Residence at Thousand Hills community is 1650 square feet, has 3 bedrooms and 2.75 bath, and this patio home offers Kashmir Gold granite countertops, Bright Cherry stain  (on Bare Red Oak) flooring, lighting is by Sea Gull from the “Athenia” Collection  

The listed price is $178,500, with monthly association dues of $181 per month.  The patio home offers 1650 square feet. 

For more information email Doug Fast at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Doug directly at 1-417-243-2210.

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Branson Titanic Honors 100th Anniversary of Famous Shipwreck

As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, many of those who share a passion for Titanic are setting course for Branson, Missouri, home of the Titanic Museum. Indeed, the museum, which celebrates the ship with a wide variety of activities and historical displays, has experienced an marked uptick in interest as the April 15th anniversary date approaches. And while the sunken ship is certainly well out of reach for those who wish to set foot on her glorious decks, the Branson Titanic is as close as one can get.

Branson Titanic MuseumIt is for that reason that this Branson, Missouri attraction is slated to be the epicenter for Titanic enthusiasts in memorializing the centennial of the downfall of this unsinkable ship.

The Branson Titanic was the brainchild of John Joslyn, who is the museum's proprietor. Joslyn has held a long-time interest for all-things Titanic, and 25 years ago, helped lead an expedition to the site of the sunken ship. Over the course of this month and a half long expedition, Joslyn gathered an immense knowledge of the ship, and his interest evolved into an obsession. Sprung from this dedication to the Titanic was his desire to share with guests of the Titanic museum as realistic of an experience as possible, so that they can truly feel what it was like for passengers onboard not only during the ship's final hours, but also, during the joyous time immediately following its departure. 

Visitors to the Branson Titanic are allowed the opportunity to experience a unique personalized voyage which fosters an emotional and intimate connection for them. At the start of the tour, each guest is provided with a replica of the boarding pass of one Titanic passenger. At the conclusion of the tour, in the museum's Memorial Room, guests learn the fate of the passenger whose boarding pass they have been holding, and who they have typically developed an emotional connection with over the course of the tour.

The museum holds one of the largest single collections of Titanic memorabilia in the world. In addition, visitors to the Branson Titanic can also ascend an exact replica of the glorious Titanic Grand Staircase, made famous yet again in recent years by the movie Titanic featuring Kate Winslett and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

The Branson Titanic has also launched an engaging online feature entitled, "100 Days of True Titanic Stories". As part of this project, on each day, beginning at the start of 2012, the true story of a single passenger or family who were lost aboard the ill-fated luxury liner is told by Jaynee, the modern-day representation of a first-class maid aboard the ship. The stories are being released on the Branson Titanic website at www.TitanicBranson.com. 

The Branson Titanic also features a sizeable exhibit dedicated to one of Titanic's most colorful passengers, Margaret Tobin Brown, typically known by the moniker "The Unsinkable Molly Brown". Brown, despite her immense wealth, was frowned upon by many of her fellow first class passengers because she was considered "new wealth". She was a native Missourian, and after surviving Titanic's demise, Brown used her wealth to establish a program dedicating to providing support to orphans who lost their parents onboard the ship.

This is the year to visit the Branson Titanic. Whether visiting for the first time, or making a return voyage, the museum is chock-full of new and engaging exhibits surrounding this centennial. Anyone with the chance to punch a ticket to this first-class exhibition should take the opportunity to do so.





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Get Your Branson Lake Condos at the Mastercraft Pro-Wakeboard Tour

Mastercraft Pro-Wakeboard Tour is coming to Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO

WOW I am so excited to hear that the King of Wake, Mastercraft Pro-Wakeboard Tour is adding Branson as one of its five stops. The contestants accumulate points at each of the five stops (Acworth, GA – Fort Worth, TX –Monroe, WA – Branson, MO – Knoxville, TN) The highest total at the end of the event will be crowned Pro Tour champion. The event will be televised on NBC and will take place at Moonshine Beach on beautiful Table rock Lake (pending the Corp of Engineers approval).

I’ll be watching the activities along with our other forty nightly rental guest from atop The Majestic on Table Rock Lake. Appropriately named the Majestic, these new Branson lake condos are located just a few minutes from the Table Rock Dam, Dewy Short Visitor’s Center, a great paved walking trail along the lake, State Park Marina and the Corp of Engineers swimming area, Moonshine Beach. The Majestic has its own private boat dock with twenty slips that can house a 30 foot boat. Ample trailer parking is provided near the condominiums as well. Check it out http://www.thousandhills.com/branson-lodging/branson-lake-condos.

Branson is expecting 3,000-4,000 spectators for The Mastercraft Pro-Wakeboard tour June 8-9, 2012. I think I can speak for everyone in Branson when I say we are honored to host the largest professional wakeboard circuit in the world. I can’t wait to watch Phillip Soven, the defending titlist, ride for his fifth win. I think I’ll invite him to stay at the Majestic so maybe I can meet him.

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Branson Tornado Recovery In Full Swing

The buoyancy of Missourians amazed the nation during the first ten days of March after an EF-2 tornado touched down on the famous Branson Strip on February 29. When the sun rose the morning of the Branson tornado, crews were already hard at work assessing the damage and clearing away the debris.

All were thankful that no lives were lost and the city was not carried away. The quick recovery of the tourist community gives an impression that the news—as one famous Missourian said about the report of his demise—was “greatly exaggerated.” Unlike Mark Twain’s condition at the time, however, Branson does have a few scars.

Damage to the Branson Strip was greatest in the area of the Branson Convention Center, which is also the area where 33 people were moderately or slightly injured. The strip was shut down for hours, but it reopened to traffic the following day, March 1. Tourists were detoured in a few places where utility workers were busy restoring power.

The Convention Center, which was expected to take more than a month to repair, was forced to relocate events such as the Branson Bridal Show and Dancing with the Stars of Branson. The Hilton Promenade and Chateau on the Lake were not damaged in the Branson tornado and were able to pick up some of the slack.

Known for its great shows, Branson has more than 50 theaters and all but two escaped the Branson tornado. The two that were damaged the worst, Baldknobbers Jamboree and Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre, delayed their shows. Most of the shows in Branson were not postponed or changed so tourists will have no shortage of good entertainment.

Safety was an issue in some of the area’s delays. The Branson Scenic Railway was damaged by the Branson tornado and had to undergo a safety inspection before it was allowed to operate again. It was found in good condition and began taking on passengers about a week after the tornado. Big attractions like Silver Dollar City and TITANIC Museum were littered by debris but not damaged. More than a broom was needed at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum where the plane and sculpture in front of received some damage, but the museum was not damaged.

Folks planning to attend Branson’s April 1 Centennial Celebration and Museum can pack their bags for a fun event, everything is right on schedule. The Branson tornado didn’t touch the area where the city is planning its 100th birthday celebration, which is expected to last 100 days. Those flying into the Live Music Show Capital of the World will be comforted to know that the Branson Airport was not affected by the storm. A few restaurants and malls saw damage and some had to be closed for repairs, but most of those opened quickly.

Thankfully Thousand Hills and most Branson businesses were largely untouched by the storm, and are standing ready for your vacation needs this summer.

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The Majestic at Table Rock - Branson Lake Condo Living

Majestic Table Rock Lake CondoThe Majestic at Table Rock which on ten acres and overlooks the main channel ofTableRockLake. Development for the project started in late 2005 with massive rock removal. Actual building began in 2006 with the first units delivered in late 2007.  The success of the table rock lake property was phenomenal with thirty-two condos sold in the first 5 days and it didn’t stop there, in the next 15 months another 50 condominiums have been sold.  The biggest advantage to this table rock lake property is its proximity to the Branson area.  Condominiums prices start at $99,900 for a two bedroom two bath with 1070 square feet.  This condo has granite counter tops, four paint colors and accent lighting.  Our premiere units start at $219,900 and offer 1480 square feet same granite counter, paint and accent lighting but offer an enclosed sunroom with drop dead gorgeous views of table rock lake.  We have one three bedroom left priced at $343,400 with 1900 square feet.  Each of the condos has monthly association fees based on square footage which covers outside insurance and maintenance of the outdoors.  What makes this a great opportunity is that families who plan to use the condominium as more a second/vacation home is that there is no grass to mow, sidewalks or pools to clean, bills to pay and someone is keeping a eye on your place when you are not using the home.  That is a big benefit of an association.  The next time you are in Branson stop by as we have models open daily or send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and I will forward you a  “New in 2012”  lake pack. 

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Branson Vacation Planning - Silver Dollar City's World Fest

Winter might still be hanging on, but it's never too early to start planning your Branson vacation. Towards that end here's a profile of one of the festivals you won't want to miss: Worldfest at Silver Dollar City.

Branson Vacation - Worldfest at Silver Dollar CityVisiting the world without leaving the country is easy when you attend Silver Dollar City's annual Worldfest in Branson, Missouri. At the World Fest, people can experience the many cultures, foods and entertainment from around the world. Branson's World Fest, the largest international festival held in the United States, is the first of many festivals held in Silver Dollar City from early April to early May.

Nowhere else can a Branson vacationer see acrobats from Kenya and China, Irish step dancers, Italian flag throwers and steel drummers from Trinidad all in the same place. At Silver Dollar City's Worldfest, you get all this and much more. Every year from April to May, entertainers and craftspeople from all over the world come to Branson for the biggest and most renowned international festival in the country.

As usual, Silver Dollar City continues to offer thrill rides, entertainment and food year round in a 1880 mountain town setting. But during the WorldFest this venue becomes an international-themed stage. Each day during WorldFest vacationers can find performances featuring diverse music, dance and other arts from all around the world. There is also a vast array of foods from all over the globe for one to sample. Craftspeople from countries all around the world are present at the world fest demonstrating their unique talents; and every day during the festival, all of the participating nations take part in a Worldfest parade.

Everyone in your family will have so much fun at Branson's world fest in Silver Dollar City they probably won't even notice how much learning they've done along the way! If you're looking for an exciting and fun  Branson vacation, you can't go wrong with Silver Dollar City, during WorldFest.

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Branson Lake Condos - The Latest in Branson Luxury

It may be a little chilly out now, but it might not be too early to book your Branson lake condos! The Majestic at Table Rock are among Thousand Hills' newest properties, and they tend to sell out fast, especially during the busy summer months. So get a preview of what's waiting for you if you make your branson lake condo reservation today!

Branson Lake Condos at the MajesticIf you're coming to Branson, Missouri with your family, renting enough hotels rooms for yourselves and the kids could really get up there in price! Have you considered a lake condo rental? A two-bedroom lake condo at Thousand Hills Resort could be more affordable than you think, and package deals can also put Branson's prime attractions within reach at a price you never dared to dream of.

Each two-bedroom condo, located on the shores of beautiful Table Rock Lake, comes with a kitchen, dining room and living room as well as bedrooms with cable TV and bathrooms - don't forget that the master bath includes a whirlpool! High-speed wireless Internet is also included, and private decks allow you to take in our awesome lakeside views in peace and seclusion.

You will be in direct proximity to the resort's private boat dock, and have exclusive access to the acclaimed 18-hole golf course. Thousand Hills is also just minutes away from the attractions of downtown Branson itself. Theme parks, museums, concert venues, restaurants and shopping will all be within easy reach. Our Branson lake condos are not only ideal accommodation for families, but also corporate clients and parties as well. This would be the perfect locale for a family reunion or a destination wedding! Handicapped and pet-friendly facilities can also be booked as well, at time of reservation.

Visit us online or call us today to reserve a Table Rock Lake condo in Branson of your own!

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Branson Condos - Preparing For the Summer!

Thousand Hills two bedroom Branson condos are highly suitable for a small family or for two couples traveling to Branson together. Situated along the golf course, our guests can have a great view of the surrounding hills & Ozarks scenery.

The 2 bedroom condos in Branson have a spacious living room fitted with sofa sleeper for more space, cable TV, DVD and free wireless inten. The highlight of this facility is the master bathroom with the a Jacuzzi tub for relaxing. This will be an ideal way to enjoy a vacation or the weekend.

Branson Condos at Thousand HillsThe wwo bedroom condo contains a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, small appliances, plates, dishes, utensils and more--everything you need for a meal exept the food! There is also a separate dining room provided with plenty of room for the whole family.

Our two bedroom condos are usually in high demand so as soon as you're ready to visit Branson, be sure & visit our website to book online

You can also contact our concierge to plan your trip including tickets to local shows & attractions, tourist maps & info and more. Get ready to spend your vacation in Branson condos today!

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