Silver Dollar City at Christmas time

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Silver Dollar City is a well known attraction in Branson, Missouri. Much of the area is still steeped in tradition and heritage and enjoys a wide variety of shows and entertainment.

Every year around Christmas Silver Dollar City put lights up all around the city. Many if the shops that time of year start selling Christmas relates items. It is family entertainment with lots of kid friendly things to do.





There are lots of other things to do around Branson but Silver Dollar City is the best source of entertainment in the area. The lights and shows will keep you and your family busy for a long weekend, just make sure you bundle up. They have lots of places to get coffee, candy and other baked goods to help you stay warm.





They even have parades with lights. Usually they are a lot of fun and change a little every…

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Survival for Travellers, Edwardian Style (Guest Post 8)

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The following guest post article has been kindly contributed by Geoffrey A. Pocock, author of Outrider of Empire: The Life and Adventures of Roger Pocock (University of Alberta Press) and One Hundred Years of the Legion of Frontiersmen (currently out of print).  His own blog can be viewed at and his website is

semaphore and morse signalsBefore the First War, travel was not a case of jumping on a plane, but it was relatively easy for those who had the money and the time because a berth on either a passenger ship or a cargo ship could easily be purchased. There were considerable variations in the comfort of such travel, but many ships were sailing daily to well-known or exotic countries around the world. Plenty of books written by experienced travellers could be read, but no single volume of advice for those journeying to the frontiers and wilder parts of the…

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Mica hints at possible revival for Daytona rail venture

As officials struggle to obtain funding to bring SunRail farther into Volusia County, another train might be poised to rumble into the area, a congressman said.

U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, said that a planned rail service, All Aboard Florida, could soon look to expand into Daytona Beach using the Florida East Coast Railway that runs through Volusia and Flagler counties.

It’s just a matter of time before they build it, Mica said.

“This is going to happen, and it could happen very quickly,” he said.

Mica’s overture seems to indicate a willingness by officials at All Aboard Florida to take another look at Volusia County as a possible landing spot after deciding years ago to take an alternate route to Orlando. A spokeswoman at the private company wrote in an emailed statement that “All Aboard Florida does not have plans to expand at this time.” Local leaders who previously worked to lure the service here said they have not heard of any new developments on the project.

Volusia County Councilman Josh Wagner, who has advocated to build an inter-modal center at Daytona Beach International Airport to be used by SunRail and All Aboard Florida, said the area needs to be ready for when the rail industry looks to service the region.

“You have to have enough people to show them the stop makes sense for them,” he said.

All Aboard is now focused on building four stations for the planned project to connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando International Airport. The service is expected to begin in 2017, according to the company.

Though he offered few details, Mica said he would work to bring the rail service here in five years. He pointed out that people could use the rail to connect to Daytona Beach International Airport, spend a day at Daytona International Speedway or visit the beach.

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