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Inspiration Tower
The Shepherd of The Hills Historic Homestead
5586 West 76 Country BLVD
Branson, MO 65616

Open Year Round 9AM to 5PM - Inspiration Tower is Branson’s “landmark on the horizon”- a massive 230-foot tall structure constructed in 1989. The Tower’s opening celebrated the 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright’s first visit to the area. It weighs 3 million pounds, cost approximately $1.5 million to build, contains over 92,000 pounds of structural steel, and can withstand a constant wind of 172 mph or gusts of up to 224 mph! A convoy of 43 concrete trucks filled the Tower foundation, which contains five miles’ worth of rebar weighing 34.5 tons. The Tower also contains over 4,400 square feet of glass enough to cover a third of a football field!

Shepherd Inspiration Tower is an astounding vision to admire and the two RV Gypsies actually travelled up to the top via a glass elevator leading up to a spacious, enclosed observation deck. There is also an open-air deck from which the two RV Gypsies experienced panoramic views of the area. On clear days the view is over 90 miles away! There is a charge, but the two RV Gypsies had received free tickets for this when they booked their seats for the "Acrobats of Shanghai" show.

There’s also a specialty gift shop, snack bar and restrooms on the ground level. During November and December, Inspiration Tower is transformed into the Ozarks’ largest Christmas tree for the Trail of Lights! The Tower is open year-round.

Branson's landmark on the horizon Branson's landmark on the horizon
Inspiration Tower and Zip Line sign and entrance
Inspiration Tower Inspiration Tower
sign at Inspiration Tower view from sign at Inspiration Tower
sign at Inspiration Tower view from sign at Inspiration Tower

The Tower is also the launch for the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider. Below are a few photos the two RV Gypsies took of the empty seats. Four people ride side by side. The two RV Gypsies did not ride this because this is the entire length of the ride, and the two RV Gypsies are used to riding zip lines with several lines this long. (To see photos of the two RV Gypsies on other zip lines, use the TOC button at the top of this page and choose the letter Z.) This is a sit-down zipline that goes only 1/2 mile at speeds up to 50 mph and has an automatic braking system. Riders are launched from the open-air deck of this Tower. A jeep-drawn tram returns riders back to the tower to purchase their photos.

Vigilante Extreme ZipRider Vigilante Extreme ZipRider

Just down the street from Inspiration Tower, the two RV Gypsies stopped at a scenic Overlook, but all the saw were trees. There was a hiking trail, but the two RV Gypsies did not hike on this date.

sign: Scenic Overlook

NOTE: The flashback in the sub-menu below includes surprise photos of and from the Inspiration Tower.

Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Branson, Missouri
You may view these adventures in any order your choose.
May 8 - 9 - 10, 2016
(Note: There is also a link to St. Joseph Missouri below.)

bullet Branson View Campground

bullet Branson (in and around the city)

bullet Branson Landing

bullet Dogwood Canyon in Lampe and a Segway tour

bullet Inspiration Tower

bullet Acrobats of Shanghai

bullet Illusionist Rick Thomas and the two RV Gypsies on stage
- unbelievably amazing, awesome

bullet flashback to Branson in 2006
(Including Inspiration Tower)

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