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Branson Ironman | Pointe Royale Blog



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2010 marked the first year of the Branson Ironman 70.3.  It was a huge success, and will be returning in September of 2011 and 2012 for sure, and hopefully for many years in the future.  It brought professional competitors, amateur enthusiasts, families, specatators and lots of fun to our lovely Ozarks community. 

If you aren't familiar with Ironman 70.3, it is a "half triathalon."  Participants begin with a swim of 1.2 miles.  The swim course begins and ends at Moonshine Beach on Table Rock Lake.

Branson Swim Course

From there, the contestants grab their bikes and gear for the 56 mile bike portion of the race.  By all accounts, this was an especially difficult course in 2010, as we have lots of hills here in the Branson area.  The course features a truly scenic stretch on the Ozark Mountain Highroad, and finishes at the Branson Landing.

Branson Bike Course

All this leads up to the final leg of the 70.3 mile test of strength, endurance, and human will: a half marathon, a 13.1 mile run to the finish.  The entire run is in downtown Branson, begining and ending at the Branson Landing.

Branson Run Course

If that all sounds like more than you could endure, then don't fret.  There's plenty of need for volunteers to help with running the event.  It's a great event for Branson to be involved with.  Check out for more information.  Or there's also a great facebook page dedicated to the event.  So, mark your calendar for September 18, 2011, and let's all enjoy this wonderful event!

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New Branson Bridge | Blog



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New Branson Bridge (ky3)

Things are always changing in good old Branson, MO.  That's progress.  That's good.  But it does force us to break out of our routines and comfort levels to move forward.  That's also good.

At long last, the new Taneycomo bridge between Branson and Hollister on Branson Landing Boulevard is open.  I've been driving across it for a little over a month now, and it did throw me for a loop the 1st time across.  For starters, you have to get used to the roundabout on the Hollister side.  Once you've done a roundabout a time or two, they're no big deal.  There's a stoplight at Main Street, where, for now, you can turn West and head into the old down town district.  There is talk about closing that turn lane in the summer if traffic backs up too much there.  If that happens, you can always double back at the roundabout on the north end of the Branson Landing.

Once you get used to the change in traffic flow, you can definitely see the benefit.  The new bridge is open, the old is closed for repair for the next year.  Once the old Taneycomo bridge is re-opened, there'll be four lanes worth of bridge coming and going, and relieving the traffic nightmare that used to be associated with heading out eastbound 76 out of Branson to Hollister, Forsyth, and Kirbyville.  I, for one, look forward to it.  Bring on progress!




Battle of Springfield | Ozarks Civil War Info



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This will be a short post.  I promise.  But I think it's worthwhile.

Today, January 8, is the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Springfield, fought this day in 1863.  (Not to be confused with the Battle of Wilson's Creek, fought 1 1/2 years earlier.)  There is a great deal of Civil War history in Southwest Missouri. The Battle of Springfield was fought, literally, in the streets of Springfield, Mo.  There were also significant battles in Carthage, Hartville, and other Southwest Missouri towns, as well as Northwest Arkansas towns. 

The Springfield News Leader had a great feature about the Battle of Springfied in today's paper.  And I wanted to offer that link up for you.  Also, you can check out for lots of information on the Civil War in the Ozarks, how it was fought, and the toll it took on this region.

Brig. General Egbert B. Brown, Union Army

(update 1/15/11)
Ozarks Public Television will be airing a documentary about the Civil War in an Ozarks town, "Civil War: Battle of Newtonia" on February 24th. 



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Best Burgers in Branson | Click here for info



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(by Art Holmberg)

Branson has almost every type of restaurant you can think of. Many are the chains that you will find in your own home town.  We are asked all the time for a good restaurant.  Usually we try and direct the guest to the nearest, mainly because of time considerations.  Some of the restaurants in town cater to larger dining and have parking for tour buses and large motor coaches. 

As a local, we have our favorite places to eat, and I have mine.  When it comes to a burger, two places here in Branson stand out. 

One has the old style counter with swivel stools, 50's decor on the wall, and a juke box in the corner.  This one reminds me of those days when I was a kid growing up in the 50' & 60's.  The other has a counter to order, you wait your turn order your feast.   Both cook their burgers from a fresh hamburger patty, nothing frozen just fresh meat.

I want to stress that both places are no frills, your food arrives hot.  Served in a basket or tray with wax paper and paper towels are on the table for napkins.  When you see the police, firemen  UPS and FedEX drivers enjoying a meal, day after day  your get the feeling something is good.

Having had the opportunity to sample the menus several times over the years.   I'm really torn between which serves the best burger.  Perhaps that will require more research. 

Now, Billy Bob's Dairyland is on Hwy 76 just west of the Dixie Stampede, maybe 2 blocks or so.  This is a newer location for Billy Bob's.  The city of Branson added a new road and stoplight, so he had to move.  He has been here for years; a real staple in Branson.  I really enjoy his burgers and thought that Billy Bobs burgers were the best.  The old location was my first encounter.  There must have been 8 stools and a handful of tables to serve his customers.  Everybody just waited until there was room. My favorite is a regular cheese burger with fries. Nothing fancy just a good ole juicy burger.  The new location is a little bigger, but not much.  The burgers are the same, great!

Danna's is my other choice.  I was introduced to Danna's much later because a fire had burned down their restaurant and they needed to rebuild.  Here you stand in line to place your order, find an empty table and they bring it to you.  A self serve drink machine and racks on the walls to place your empty trays.  The burgers are hot.  My standard order is a fat burger.  One large beef patty, an egg, 2 strips of bacon and the burger covered in cheese.  I have absolutely no idea how many calories are in this burger, nor what the cholesterol level is, and I don't care.  This is a treat for me that I enjoy once in a while.  The rest of the time I am more concerned about what I do eat. 

So when you are in Branson, MO  and looking for a good burger at a reasonable prices, check out these two places and we'll compare notes.  Danna's is on Hwy 165 south of 76 about 1 1/2 miles and Billy Bob's is up on the strip or Hwy 76.  

Danna's BBQ




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