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50th Anniversary of Table Rock Dam Slated for June 14

The 50th Anniversary of the Table Rock Dam and its hydroelectric power facility is scheduled for June 14, 2009, with a ceremony at 2:15pm on the overlook area, which is across from the Dewey Short Visitors Center on Hwy 165 in Branson.

Fifty years ago on June 14 at 2:45 pm the power switch was turned on at Table Rock Dam. The dam was primarily built as a flood control measure but has provided the Branson Tri-Lakes area with a tremendous amount of boating, swimming and fishing opportunities. In turn, Table Rock Lake has become famous for its waters and many visitors flock their each year to discover or re-explore its beauty.

The 50th Anniversary Ceremony will be kicked-off by the Springfield National Guard Band. Dignitaries and people who were involved with the dam’s construction will be on hand as well. After the ceremony, activities will move to the Dewey Short Visitor Center where a short film on the development of the Table Rock Dam will be shown in the auditorium. There also will be entertainment on the lakeside patio by the Missouri Boatride Bluegrass Band from Branson West.

Also, on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, free 30-minutes tours of the Table Rock Dam Powerhouse will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors must get tickets at the Dewey Short Visitors Center and will be required to sign a statement that they are a United States citizen. And Moonshine Beach is now open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The day use fee is $4 per vehicle. A season pass is available for $30.