So I already told you about what happened at Johnson Shut Ins during our vacation to Missouri back in the 80’s, now I’ll tell you about another memory I have of Mom from that vacation.
While we were in Missouri we went to a theme park called Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City is located in Branson, Missouri and has an 1880’s theme. It’s about 2 1/2 hours away from where we were staying, so it was definitely an all day trip. Mom was really looking forward to visiting this park as the rustic, primitive theme was right up her alley. There are rides but also lots of artisan displays and throwbacks to yesteryear.
While we were there mom fell in love with these wood carved mountain men that she had seen in the area. She was hoping to get one while she was there and really wanted a large one to use as decoration at home. The one she wanted was about 2-3 foot tall, beautifully carved and painted….until she saw the price tag. I don’t remember exactly how much it was, but I’m thinking it was around $200 and that was the value back in the late 80’s, it would be even more now! Least to say, Mom and Dad couldn’t afford to spend so much money on one souvenir so Mom settled for buying a key chain of the mountain man and affectionately renamed Silver Dollar City to Million Dollar City.