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Travel Tips For Branson History: 7 Places to Visit For History Buffs on Vacation

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Titanic Museum in Branson Missouri. (Randy Mckown/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 01:08 PM

While enjoying the sights and entertainment in Branson, Missouri, visitors can also find unique historical sites. Travel tips in and around Branson may include taking in fascinating structures and views.

Here are seven places to visit for a taste of Branson history:

1. The Branson Centennial Museum on Main Street and Veteran's Boulevard covers a wide range of historical events that even precede the city’s incorporation in 1912. Exhibits follow the Civil War days, the early Branson years, the development of tourism and such events as the Branson fire and floods. Displays of railroads, bridges, festivals and caves are also exhibited. Exhibits change periodically focusing on themes.

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2. The Branson Scenic Railway is a popular attraction with reviewers on TripAdvisor. The ride takes travelers through the Ozark hills at the foothills of the mountains. The scenic route passes through tunnels and over trestles along southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Visitors can see sights inaccessible by car. Headquarters for the train is in a historic 1905 depot in downtown Branson. A gift shop offers many railroad items.

3. Inspiration Tower stands as a historic reminder of Branson's development. The massive 230 foot tall structure was built in 1989 on Inspiration Point in the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead to commemorate the 100th anniversary of pioneer Harold Bell Wright’s initial visit to the area. Two glass elevators bring visitors to the observation deck on top for wonderful, panoramic views. Clear days allow people to see for more than 90 miles.

4. The Branson Titanic Museum features a partial re-creation of the ill-fated ship that sank after striking an iceberg in 1912. Visitors explore what life was like aboard the vessel and also view exhibits and large collections of artifacts. Each visitor is given the name of an actual passenger on the Titanic to help relive the experience.

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5. Enjoy the natural surroundings and locations of ancient Native American cave burials with a guided tour of Dogwood Canyon Nature Park outside of Branson. Visitors can enjoy recreational activities and fish, but also see live herds of buffalo and American elk while learning details of historic structures and artifacts within the 10,000 acres of the canyon.

6. Homes built in the 1920s at Big Cedar Resort have been restored and now operate as restaurants. The resort, located on Table Rock Lake, is also known for ghost sightings of one of its former residents who died mysteriously elsewhere and was brought back for burial. Guests and employees on the grounds reported seeing the ghostly figure of the woman over the years. The ghost is even said to appear in photographs taken on the grounds.

7. Travel tips for Branson also combine entertainment with history. The Showboat Branson Belle resembles on old riverboat with 16 foot twin paddlewheels and a spectacular view of Table Rock Lake from the deck. Entertainment includes top performers. Cruises leave from the dock on State Highway 165 in Branson.

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