December 2002 .........
Branson: Home to the three most visited attractions in the Missouri Ozarks, Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills Theater, and Country Music Boulevard. It's a wonderful town tucked in the Ozark Mountains. Silver Dollar City is an award winning theme park that takes one back to 1880's America. It has seventeen rides, five festivals, sixty shops, fifty shows and new attractions, Celebration City and a whitewater park. Silver Dollar City was built as a frontier town attraction at Marvel Cave, and originally had five shops, a church, a log cabin and a street production reproducing the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. In the winter Silver Dollar City has the most wonderful display of Christmas lights we've ever seen. Early December, the year we were there, they had the most snow that had fallen in seventy years. It was absolutely beautiful. There are many RV parks in Branson, our favorite is Chastain's. When going to Branson it's best to call ahead for reservations at any of the parks, and plan to stay a while. We visited Harold and Margaret while there, they are dear friends.
For those of you that have never seen a midwest ice storm, this one in Branson was beautiful. That's until you have to drive, then an ice storm becomes treacherous in a hurry.
August 2003 .........
Hannibal: Founded in 1819 and is known as the hometown of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain). He was born in 1835 and died in 1910. He left Hannibal in 1853 but returned many times and later life he was interviewed in India as saying "all that goes to make the me in me is a small Missouri village on the other side of the globe." Helen Cornelius, a country singer, is also a native of Hannibal. Some of the things to visit, Mark Twain's boyhood home, Becky Thatcher's home, Mark Twain Museum, Sawyers Creek Fun Park, the Rockcliff Mansion and, of course, the Mark Twain Cave. The campground at the Mark Twain cave is very nice. Top Left: Tom Sawyer boyhood home, Top Right: Becky Thatcher Home, Bottom Left: Mississippi River from Lovers Leap, Bottom Left: a beautiful sunset.
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