"Shepherd Inspiration Tower" literally towers above all the amazing sights, scenery, glitz and glamour of America's entertainment capital...Branson, Missouri! Located at Branson's legendary Shepherd of the Hills attraction, it's an awe-inspiring sight to behold from a distance, the tower stands 230 feet above the ground, and it sits atop an Ozarks' mountain giving visitors the most astonishing view of the countryside found anywhere in Branson, Missouri! It was built in 1989 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of famed author, Harold Bell Wright's first visit to the area; a visit that inspired his epic best-selling novel The Shepherd of the Hills. The novel spawned several Hollywood movies, most notably a popular version starring a young and handsome John Wayne. The tower's construction is impressively sturdy and safe, and includes more than 92,000 pounds of steel that can withstand a constant wind of 172 miles per hour or wind gusts of up to 224 miles per hour. It also contains over 4,400 square feet of glass, enough to cover one third of a football field!"Shepherd Inspiration Tower" is not only an astounding vision to admire, you can actually travel up the top. You'll take a glass elevator up to a spacious, enclosed observation deck, or take a few steps down to an open-air deck to experience panoramic views that'll take your breath away! In any season, the view is spectacular, and on clear days you can see over 90 miles away! In addition to the incomparable view, the "Inspiration Tower" features a great gift shop filled with souvenirs and handy travel items, along with a snack bar and restrooms, all on the ground floor. It's open year round, so you'll want to see it more than once, especially when it's transformed into the area's largest Christmas tree! There's so much to see and do at Shepherd of the Hills, make sure "Shepherd Inspiration Tower" is part of your visit; there's no other Branson, Missouri experience quite like it!