A few years ago it was an apparent problem. People were sitting at several locations. Mostly where the most traffic would come in to 76. Asking for donations for this or that. They would walk a strait line on the median, or sit on a bucket and hold signs and different things to encourage visitors to donate to their cause. It was and can be a huge problem during the season. And had become one as of such, that the News even covered it. Their main locations, were in front of Price Chopper,Walmart on Branson Hills,and at the entrance of 76. Last weekend 01/08/17 my wife and I drove to Springfield and they were every where their at the Glenstone exit off of James River expressway, at the tip of the Battlefield mall. And at the other end of Battlefield. And it reminded me of the time that they were everywhere here in B-town. Most of them were living at the first Hotel on the right across from the Beymont Hotel I think it as called the Roland Motel. They would Panhandel all day with maybe a set of crutches and a leg brace, rack up the cash and walk home. Some of them said they could make around $300 a day, which would help pay for their weekly stay, and a meal for the night. Finally the City got the message and had a meeting.
On 2/24/15 The city of Branson passed an ordinance against Panhandling at interesections. So far this seems to be working, as I haven’t seen as many out working the streets.
There have been many cool Elvis’s over the years that helped Branson get on its feet and they’ve all been incredible. Some are still around today and some have moved to bigger, smaller, or different markets. All described an element of Elvis’s historic rise throughout the years. So here we go.
1)Dean Zas Elvis-this guy is phenomenal. Before my wife and I got married we took everybody to Legends the night before. Dean Z was the final act, as the young ready to Rock 50’s Elvis. And he brought the house down.
2)Tony Roy as Elvis-this guy has a Charisma all his own. And has the confidence and Stamina as perhaps the later 1970’s Elvis with a touch of Elvis 50’s classic. He can sing, do all the Elvis moves and is just simply Amazing. Worth checking out next time your in Branson.
3. Jerry Presley-Elvis’s cousin Jerry Prestley puts on an amazing show. He salutes Elvis very well and brings a certain element only Family Can bring.
4. Elvis and the superstars-This guy drove a very flashy corvette around town with his shows signs on top of his car. I heard him once live and he was pretty good.
5.Joseph Hall-this guy is an amazing Elvis and has even performed on many TV shows as Elvis. Originally at the Americana theater this guy, could bring the house down. He is a must see, when you come to town. If anyone knows where he is performing now please let me know. Also leave in the comments below which one is your favorite Elvis.
Whenever an iconic entity dies in Branson, a part of it dies with the local folk. And it was no different the day the wooden- rustic roller coaster came down at Celebration City. Hedged on several sides by rope and wire, they pulled and they pulled until the roller coaster fell. The folks who filmed the event waited for nearly a day to get the shot of the coaster coming down. Celebration City which is owned by Silver Dollar city, decided it was time to demo. And demo they did. Some of the wood was donated to the church that resides inside the park of Celebration City. The Church Woodland Hills family church used the wood to make different items. And donated pieces to the congregation. More on the roller coaster here!
If you had one place to die in this world, why wouldn’t you choose Branson. Well, these country music legends all played their last full show in Branson, Mo or had theaters. Some passed during the boom years, and some did a twenty year stint here. This is my list and I’m sticking to it. lol!
1} BoxCar Willie-he is number 1 in my book. He went out like no one else. Box had a theater here,on the majestic strip, and when he passed they closed 76 down. Yep! closed it down. A hearse containing Box’s body, crawled all the way down all 7 miles of that strip to Highway 65. I had never seen anything like this in my life. I thought it was an incredible salute to a great man. Who helped promote Branson in the 70’s long before it was anything and everything.
2)Andy Williams-did a lot for the sport that is Branson now. Also owned a theater on 76, and worked hard for over 20 years to promote this town, and has also been a doorway for other acts, such as the Osmonds. (Osmonds.com) He always owned the Mcguffy’s building right next to his theater and leased that out to them for 15 or so years. Until he took it back over and created,The Andy Williams Moon river Grill. His Mama’s pot pie was to die for.
3)Waylon Jennings-played the Lowe’s theater across from Roy Clarks on and off for a few years in the early 90’s before dying. I used to see his billboard and new he was a Country Music legend. His shows did Ok, but while Branson was just becoming a brand, his career was winding down.
4)Roger Miller-he passed sometime after his run in Branson. But he did some amazing shows. Telling stories about characters he’d know in the industry and did some comedy himself. Very nice to everyone and humble.
5)Conway Twitty has got to take the cake. The crooner, played a lot of shows, as he was quite a traveler around the three states doing shows. Conway Twitty (twenty) died on his tour bus in between shows, I believe of a Ruptured Blood Vessell. For some reason this always struck me kind of weird as I had met in a couple of times. Check out my other blogs by clicking the arrow at the top of the page!
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No its not the kind of Big foot that could kick the winter blues. But its still a good one, or great one. Bigfoot is coming. The ride and it will over look the luxurious 76 strip, and the 7 acres of Days Inn property. Giving visitors something to smile about. And plenty of internet video and pictures to boot. All of the approvals have been met, with maybe a few still left on the table over at the city. This project has been in the works for a while, and will make a fine edition to Branson. And bring some much needed excitement to Branson, once again. More on bigfoot right here We haven’t had any editions to rides on the stip, and guests have had to travel over to SDC to take a gander at taking a challenge of something like this. And with our roller coaster at Celebration being torn down, hopes of this kind of thing coming back, seemed slim.
Branson has always been known for safe, fun excitement, and this will be no exception. The area that it is going up in, has some amusement already budding there, and this will be a fine addition.
I was driving on 76 the other day, and I noticed a sneaky trick. One out of three hundred cars try this.
As you line up with all the other cards to make your left turn onto 76, from 65. There is always this one car that thinks hey I can cruise over here in this empty lane and then at the last minute work my way into traffic.And I won’t have to stay stacked up here in traffic. It happens a lot, and people do it all the time, form multiple places on this great U.S. of A.
Step 1-Pick your destination
Step 2-Decide where your coming from
Step 3-find a back road or side road that is congruent with where you want to go. And every time you visit, get familiar with taking those back roads and you can’t go wrong. Especially in the Spring and summer Branson can get pretty hot, and pretty crazy with traffic so each time you come, is another chance to get used to using Gretna road and fall creek road, and the new road next to Dixie Stampede. Happy travels from Bransonisfun.com Post your traffic tricks for Branson below and subscribe right here: Branson traffic tricks
Yep it was a shock to me to. Our old friend KMARt is closing over on 248. And boy will it be missed. But the upside is there are 12 weeks left of this sale ( I asked Murna the Cashier) and she gave me this number. And right now they are at
10% on some items
20% Furniture,Paper supplies, beauty and towels
30% on clothing and kitchen ware clothing and even food.
50% on some food for fast sale
So stock up on what you can as our old friend Kmart is going bye bye!
Branson Attractions that need to rise from the dead. Is there any life left in their eyes? That’s what we all say when we think some one is on their last legs. We get the paddles out, we pump them full of 10,000 volts, and we hope for the best. And that’s the way we feel at times in good ole Branson, Mo. Some of our great staples have been laid to rest, but might have a few years left in them, if we added a few volts. Here’s the list!bransonisfun.com
1)The Grand PalaceThis is my number one choice. Such a great place boasting of over 2000 seats, this was built back in Branson’s hayday. Beautiful on the inside and out. Many stars have played this historic venue, and we are hoping for the best. Sleep well, LAdy of Branson, sleep well.
2)Days Inn green Mountain drive–422 rooms and the most ground floor rooms in Branson ever. September days (the preferred days inn club) will never be the same. Now in bad way. This property was a huge focal point back in the boom.The owner now in Bankruptcy and foreclosure, this property has seen better days. We are hoping this hotel will open back up, real soon.This property also boasts of one of the biggest pool areas in Branson.
3)Melody Lane Inn–Near and dear to my heart (melodylanebranson.com) I’m hoping for good things for this property. 3.5 acres, built on a hill. This hotel was hit by the storm of 2012. 144 rooms all close to highway 76. Most has been demoed at this time, its main building with an apartment are still intact. A Branson staple since the boom, anything can be possible.
4)Tony Orlando theaterThis place was amazing. An apartment, a recording studio, all kinds of extra amenities. This place was heaven on earth. Tony performed his regular shows, and his Christmas show from this locale. Very large, spacious, and perfect for an upcoming show, the sky could be the limit if the right entertainer purchased this theater. Tie that yellow ribbon round the old oak tree, and see what comes our way!
5) The Gaslighter theater – Everyone has played here. The Platters,Sunny and the wild wild west, and on and on. Located on Gretna Raod, this theater has gone into extreme disrepair. Hoping someone can get this great location going again, but could be on its last legs as well. Two apartments in the back,and lots of storage. This could house someone, if the price was right. So there we have it. 5 Sleeping giants, that could get a fresh start, with the right buyer.
Homeless in Branson-Where do people who work in the area Live,Without a Home?
Extended stay is becoming more and more of a controversial issue in Branson these days. The concern stems from recent issues at several extended stay motels. And the concern for families that live and work in the area, that are living the extened stay life.
Families not able to afford deposits, and first and last in an apartment, sometimes become victims of the system. Branson has always needed a very strong workforce, in the housekeeping,restaurant and attraction venue. And some of the extended stay folks work in these industries. With the rise of crime in the area, and stemming from issues in the extened stay segment, Branson has to make some changes.
My suggestion would be to put a cap on hotels that are not extened stay, and holding them to that. Such as requiring the ones that are extened stay to get a special license, and be subject to inspection. Right now, I heard that the health department was so far behind that most extended stay properties don’t get inspected at all. Cooking in the room is a problem, and creates attention from the Branson Fire department. Put a cap on the properties that are extened stay, create some numbers, and start figuring out ways to help thes folks, and business find other alternatives for earning revenue. Than just feeding on these folks, and help the folks get out of their own ruts. Feel free to post and comment on this article, and here’s an article from the Branson Daily. Branson tri lakes article