You may have heard of Branson, Missouri -- the small
town that calls itself the country music capital of the
world. Branson is home base for such aging country and
pop stars as Mickey Gilley, Roy Clark, Wayne Newton,
Tony Orlando, Charlie Pride and Box Car Willie. With a
population of 5,000, Branson boasts over 50,000
theater seats more than on Broadway), four times more
motel rooms than residents, and scores of restaurants.
The "Branson Boom," as it is called, happened virtually
overnight. But the "boom" has not been without
casualties. We travel to Branson to discover how and
why the town went from relative obscurity to
entertainment mecca and the social and economic
implications of such rapid growth for the community and
Branson Missouri was produced by Dan Collison as part of
People Next Door, a special series funded in part by the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
includes lodging, entertainment, and attraction information.
City of Branson