Silver Dollar City Celebrates 50 Years of Bringing the Past to Life

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Silver Dollar City, the Midwest's leading theme park is celebrating its 50th birthday May 1st. Along with celebrations at the park itself, many local businesses such as Branson cabins are offering specials for visitors to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Branson, Missouri has been synonymous with great entertainment for many years. One of the leading attractions in Branson has been Silver Dollar City. On May 1st, Silver Dollar City is turning 50 and beginning the yearlong celebration of a lifetime. Many Visitors are invited to stay in Branson cabins and enjoy each day of the festival.

Silver Dollar City today is known as a world-class theme park with unparalleled rides, shows, crafts and attractions. But it started as a humble cave tour started by a Chicago family. In the 1940's, the Herschend family vacationed in the Ozarks and stumbled across a local cave now known as Marvel Cave. The Herschend's loved it so much they later leased the cave and opened a pioneer themed village at its mouth. This village was called Silver Dollar City and opened its doors May 1st, 1960.

From its founding, Silver Dollar City grew quickly. One of the first rides was the Frisco Silver Dollar line, a steam train that still gives visitors rides today. Numerous other shows & rides were added as the park grew into the most popular tourist destination in Missouri. However the humble family & craftsmen roots were not lost. Today it remains a leading home of American Craftsmanship.

On May 1st, 2010 Silver Dollar City begins its 50th season and visitors old & new are invited to attend. From firework shows to dancing in the streets to contests & giveaways Silver Dollar City will be pulling out the stops to celebrate this once in a lifetime event. Even if guests can't make it down May 1st, the entire 2010 season will be packed with events celebrating a historic milestone.

Since there's so much going on and so many things to see & do at Silver Dollar City, most visitors to Branson are considering longer stays. To accommodate these guests and make a vacation in Branson more affordable, Thousand Hills Resort is offering a special year long discount on multiple night stays. Guests can choose from any Branson cabins, golf condos or Table Rock Lake condos and on most stays they will receive 10% off of 2 night stays all the way up to 35% off of weeklong stays. The longer guests stay, the more they will save. And with these discounts and a heart of Branson location guests at Thousand Hills will be able to take in all of the celebrations at Silver Dollar City and enjoy all that Branson, Missouri has to offer.


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