Silver Dollar City
Branson, Missouri
July 30, 2006
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Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO

I have been wanting to get to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO for several years now.  Earlier in the season my friend Greg in St. Louis asked if I'd be up for a weekend at Six Flags St. Louis, Silver Dollar City and Celebration City.  I of course said yes but had no idea when I'd work it into my schedule and budget.  Eventually everything came together and the two of us headed west very early on a Sunday morning.

Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO

After driving past hundreds of billboards for the largest Precious Moments store, Merrimac Caverns, Jesse James Wax Museum and Yakov Smirnoff (What a country we live in where he can still find work with his cold war shtick) we pulled into one of Silver Dollar City's parking lots.  A quick tram ride later and a stop at the ticket booths to get our three day passes (they were about $20 cheaper than a 1 day pass) we were in the park about thirty minutes before the stated opening time.

Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO

Having a long list of rides that we wanted to hit we immediately set out for our first stop which was Powder Keg.  One the way there Silver Dollar City's scenery just sucked us into the 1880's Ozark mountain town that the park is themed after.

The Powder Keg rollercoaster at Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO

It took us about five minutes of walking down and up hills to get to Powder Keg and much to our surprise even though it was twenty-five minutes before opening the ride was up and running for us.


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