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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.



Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1950 1316 0
1960 1887 0
1970 2175 0
1990 3706 2
2000 6050 51

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


Post has 1/2 page story on Branson, August 8, 2005: Lois Romano, “Branson, Mo., Aims to Attract Vacationers With Deep Pockets.”
“7,000,000 people a year come for live shows at about 45 theaters %u2014 more seats than Broadway %u2014 as well as camping, fishing, and all-you-can-eat buffets. Offering wholesome entertainment, Branson is a popular Middle American summer destination for families, veterans, conservatives, and others seeking affirmation of traditional values with a strong Christian influence.” Now it’s getting a $400,000,000 lakefront complex, Branson Landing, with two Hiltons, convention center, Ann Taylor Loft, etc.
“In the 1950s, Branson made its mark as a Christian community after a local artist built an enormous, lighted Nativity scene that grew to draw tens of thousands to see the Christmas lights.” “”Branson is a metaphor for red state America,” said Robert Schmuhl, prof. of Amer. studies at” Notre Dame. “”It’s the America they want to cling to.””
Andy Williams arrived in 1991, built Moon River Theatre, remains a popular show.
“The average Branson visitor today has an average household income of $55,000, stays less than four days, and spends $217.” 40% come from within 300 miles. Veterans Day tribute in Nov.
“It is hard to find an African American face in Branson’s crowds, and it is equally hard to find a visitor willing to criticize the Bush administration’s policy on Iraq %u2014 or the president himself on just about anything.”
“Every visitor approached by a reporter during a recent visit professed to be a practicing Christian.”