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Branson, Missouri

In 1882 an entrepreneur named Ruben Branson opened the first general store and post office as settlers began to come to the area seeking and finding plentiful game and fertile land. The area began to thrive because of the great fishing in the White River. 1895 saw the beginning of a new agricultural crop - tomatoes thrived here and soon a cannery was built in nearby Stone County. The many cans of tomatoes were loaded on to Paddle Wheel boats on the White River, the start of an industry that would last for over 75 years.

In the early 1900s, there were many farms near the Branson Post Office, as well as a handle factory, a tobacco barn, cotton gin, and a steamboat landing at the waterfront. The tobacco industry was the largest agricultural crop of the area and would continue to be so until 1959 when the tobacco farms became the bottom of the newly formed Table Rock Lake. The first school sat high upon the hill overlooking what is now downtown Branson. The settlement took the name of its first postmaster until 1901, when the second postmaster, named William Hawking, changed the name of the post office to Lucia.

Branson MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Wizard of Oz

Branson MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Wizard of Oz

Branson MO - Hollywood Wax Museum Sign

Branson MO - Hollywood Wax Museum Sign

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Marilyn Subway Stance

Branson, MO -  Hollywood Wax Museum - Marilyn Subway Stance

Branson, MO - Bass Pro Shop Turtles

Branson, MO - Bass Pro Shop Turtles

Branson, MO - Business District

Branson, MO - Business District

Branson, MO - Dick Clark's

Branson, MO - Dick Clark's

Branson, MO - Faces

Branson, MO - Faces

Branson, MO - Fall Display

Branson, MO - Fall Display

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - 2

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - 2

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Marilyn

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Marilyn

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Marilyn - Diffused

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Marilyn - Diffused

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Marilyn Subway Stance- diffused

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Marilyn Subway Stance- diffused

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Thriller

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Thriller

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Thriller - Enhanced

Branson, MO - Hollywood Wax Museum - Thriller - Enhanced

Branson, MO - Lake Taneycomo, 1914

Branson, MO - Lake Taneycomo, 1914

Branson, MO - Scenic Railway

Branson, MO - Scenic Railway

Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City Post Office

Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City Post Office

Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City Water Tank

Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City Water Tank

Branson, MO - Strip

Branson, MO - Strip

Branson, MO - Titanic

Branson, MO - Titanic