The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register Missourien-usSat, 28 May 2016 20:12:05 EDTSat, 28 May 2016 20:12:05 EDT, MO.<font face="Arial"> <p><font face="Arial">&nbsp;It was what you might refer to as a whirlwind visit to Branson, Mo.Sun, 13 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EDTBranson's Big Boom Was in the '90s<font face="Arial">While Branson, Mo., had early theater development in the 1970s, the 1980s found entertainment stars putting down roots there, the 1990s were &ldquo;The Boom&rdquo; era, and now in the 2000s growth continue.Sun, 13 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EDTNatural Beauty Initial Attraction<p><font face="Arial"><font face="Arial">Visitors started coming to the Branson/Lakes area more than 100 years ago, lured by natural beauty and outdoor recreation activities, however, not in the numbers which makes this area now a...Sun, 13 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EDTBranson Facts<font face="Arial">&nbsp;- Branson is a city in Taney County, Mo., named for Reuben Branson, postmaster and operator of a general store in the area in the 1880.Sun, 13 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EDTTo Go To Branson:<p><font face="Arial">-&nbsp;From Wheeling take Interstate 70 east to St. Louis where you pick up I-44 south to Springfield, Mo., and from there go south on Mo. 65. (For a portion of I-44 you will be&nbsp; adjacent to the famous U.S. Route 66).Sun, 13 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EDT