Visible from all directions, the Inspiration Tower at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead reaches high into the sky above the Ozark mountains giving visitors a birds-eye view of the area.
The tower was built in 1989 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of author Harold Bell Wright's first Branson Missouri's Inspiration Tower visit to the Ozarks. As part of the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, the tower draws visitors from around the world who have read the timeless tale of love and betrayal written by Wright.
The tower sits where Wright first placed his tent when he visited the region and where he first penned the words of his famous novel, "The Shepherd of the Hills." First published in 1907, the novel is still in print and countless copies are sold each year. The Homestead, one of Branson's major attractions, allows visitors a look at an authentic log cabin that was described in the novel and more.
Inspiration Tower soars to a height of 230 feet above the ground. The circular glassed in observation deck at the top is reached by glass elevators that provide a dazzling, swift view of the country as it ascends. In air conditioned comfort, viewers can look in all directions from the top. There is over 4,400 square feet of glass and that alone would cover 1/3 of a football field. The tower weighs 3 million pounds and cost aprx. $1.5 million to build. It contains 92,000 pounds of structural steel and can withstand a constant wind of 172 miles per hour or gusts of up to 224 miles per hour. It took a convoy of 43 concrete trucks to fill the foundation which contains 5 miles or rebar weighing 34.5 tons. Telescopes are available for a closer look but many sites are visible without any aid. Theme park Silver Dollar City can be seen in a notch on a neighboring mountainside. The famous Branson Strip, home to music theaters and other attractions, can be seen as well. Nearby Springfield, Missouri can be seen as can the Forsthye water tower and neighboring Arkansas. On a clear day, it's possible to see 90 miles in any direction. Inspiration Tower sits on the second highest peak in Missouri. There are carved statues of six of the main characters at the tower site plus the old Morgan Community Church was brought in and restored in 1991.
Stairs lead a few stories down to an open air observation deck that provides another view. Visitors are literally higher than the birds from either deck - birds can be seen sailing through the air and riding air currents below the decks. Tickets are available just for the tower however they come free with the tour package of the entire Shepherd of the hill homestead and near by village. On the tour you will see Old Matts cabin of which the story is written about plus the homestead entire, Old Matt's grist Mill, Old Mill Theater, Jenning's Still and more so don't miss a trip to Shepherd of the hills.
5586 W. 76 Country Blvd Branson, MO 65616 (800) 987-6298 www.oldmatt.com/inspiration_tower.php
Inspiration Tower is a major part of the shepherd of the Hills Attraction.