Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Historic Sites of Branson, Missouri - Part Seven
Resuming our look at historic sites in and around Branson, Missouri, this is the Showboat Branson Belle.
Although the Belle is of modern construction, she is a remarkable historic landmark in her own right. She is the largest paddlewheel vessel on a landlocked lake in the United States.
The Branson Belle also brings the days of the grand Mississippi River showboats back to life. She takes passengers for a variety of cruises that include live entertainment and a chance to experience the spectacular scenery of the Ozarks.
The boat was built on the shores of the lake she now sales. To avoid contaminating the water, the builders could not use grease to slide her down into the lake. Instead, they used thousands of bananas. She may be the largest boat in history ever launched using bananas.
To read more about historic sites around Branson, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/branson1.
The photo above is courtesy of the Showboat Branson Belle.