Ok before you look at the pictures I think you should reed some history first.
Silver dollar City (=SDC) is a park in branson MO themed as an 1880s ozark mountain mining town.
Legend has it that in the 1500s indians from the area while hunting fell in a a hole in the ground (cave) that they thought to be a cursed place. Explorers in the 1800s went inside to find an amazing cave. One explorer thought that the limestone was marble so he told a mining company about it. when they found no marble they decided to mine the bat quano (poop) they got $700 a ton.
In 1880 the cave started giving tours. The first cavern in the cave is 200 ft high and 400 ft wide (its incredible). The first tourists had to climb down a ladder (long ladder).
In the '50s a couple from chicago came planing to buy the cave and start a tourist business. There names were marry and hugo hershend.
The hershends started making improvements to cave such as a big tower to replace the dangerous ladder, and they even blasted a tunnel for a cable train to carry guests out.
In the late '50s hugo and marrys children took over. pete and ??? hershend were there names. They envisioned a showcase of tradtional ozark crafts and an 1880s mining town. they built it in the late '50s and they became a theme park in 1960.
the name came from something they did when they gave you change. in change insted of normal dollars they would give you silver dollars.
And thats how it all started.
The reason we were there was Music!!!! SDC was doing the yearly bluegrass and BBQ festival. My brothers some friends and I have a band that entered a youth in bluegrass contest. (we did not place but it was fun). And my dad also known as (Tiki god) is in a Bluegrass band called monroe crossing who was playing there for the festival.
Anyway here are some photos of the parks wonderfull theming.
Here is the parks website
They have an area called "tom sawyers landing"
then there is an area called geyser gulch.
The new ride this year was the giant barn swing.
Then they have an area called midtown that is very cool.
there they have the grandfathers mansion...
Witch has a cool "tippy room" as the two kids I was babysitting said.
Then There is an italian restaraunt called Marrys springhouse.
"marry" was one of two people who started SDC. (marry and hugo hershend)
They also have the "swingin bridge"
OK I gotta go I will have more tonight!!!!!!!!!!!