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Bald Knobbers

Real Estate Agent with Tri-Lakes REALTORS

Baldknobbers is not just a great show located on the infamous strip in Branson. They were an actual group that existed in Southwest Missouri during the 1880's. The group were non-racially motivated vigilantes. The name was derived by locals because the group members held meetings upon a "bald" mountain top (to keep a lookout for spies). Typically they wore hoods with horns to separate themselves from other groups in the area. Chapters existed in Taney, Stone, Christian, Douglas and Greene Counties. The group originally formed with the purpose of putting an end to the marauding gangs after the Civil War. As the number of members grew, the purpose quickly lost focus. There were many murders, but no one was ever convicted. Eventually in 1889 the group was disbanded, although there were rumors of other incidents taking place all the way up to the 1920s.

Bald Knobbers

Still from the film, The Shepherd of the Hills

Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Tracy:  I did see a show in Branson called the Bald Knobbers as I remember.  I had no idea there was such a story as explained in your post about them. 
Feb 26, 2008 07:27 AM
Amber Bourland
Ozarks' Independent Realty - West Plains, MO

Thank you, Tracy! I have heard the term "Bald-knobbers" so many times, but never really looked into it much. I assumed they were something like the KKK, more racially oriented. I am glad that you gave us a bit of histroy about them!

I have lived in this area so long now, you would think I'd know it all (yeah, right). But I am pleased to keep on trying to learn!

Mar 02, 2008 02:42 AM