Mining for family memories in Missouri’s ‘Hillbilly Vegas’
THE CAB RIDE from the Springfield, Missouri, airport to Branson takes about an hour. It glides past rocky outcroppings, loping mountains, and a parade of roadside distractions: a 214-foot-tall cross emblazed with blue teardrops, riotously colorful signs hawking ziplines and arcades, and—on a particularly flashy billboard—an ad for Dolly Parton’s Stampede. A ticket apparently nets you dinner with a side spectacle of horseback riders leaping through fiery hoops or waving American flags.
By Jenn Barger
July 15, 2020