Silver Dollar City, near Branson, opened to an enthusiastic reception. The 1880s Ozark Mountain-themed park began fairly small, with just a handful of stores, a church, a log cabin, and a stage production based on the Hatfields and McCoys. 

The park drew national attention in 2007 when ABC’s “Good Morning America” named Silver Dollar City’s  Christmas festival one of the top five in the country.

Since then the park has grown into a world-class attraction. It was even named “America’s Best Theme Park” by USA Today in 2020.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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