In the 1950s and ’60s, Branson, Mo., emerged as the tourist destination of the Ozarks.
The region’s scenic beauty drew visitors from around the country. Stage shows began to really take off in the 1980s when Roy Clark opened his Celebrity Theatre, which brought the biggest names in country music to town. Yet, the real star of Branson has always been and remains today — water.
The White River’s free-flowing course ended in 1913 when Powersite Dam was constructed, forming Lake Taneycomo. For 45 years, Taneycomo was a popular warm-water fishery. That changed when Table Rock Dam was built in 1958.