Abandoned Resort Town Sits Empty After Developers Sent To Prison For Fraud

There’s a partially-built out resort community in Branson, Missouri, sitting abandoned for years, with well over a billion dollars left behind to decay since the Great Recession. It’s called Indian Ridge and it was supposed to “have one of the country’s largest water parks, golf courses, hotels conference centers and shopping.”

Developers went to prison over fraudulent financing for the project and it was never completed. A visitor to the ghost resort has gone viral on TikTok showing her visit.

“Have you ever seen a subdivision full of abandoned mansions?” she asks in the video, which had raked in more than 2.1 million “likes” on Thursday.

…Developers wanted the resort to boast a marina, a 390-room hotel, a museum and the world’s second-largest indoor water park, local station KYTV-TV reported in 2017.

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Of course this is hardly the only abandoned resort project, even leaving aside all of the properties that closed during the pandemic (though some of those are now re-opening). The Fontainebleau Las Vegas at 2777 South Las Vegas Boulevard was announced 16 years ago. Construction began in 2007. It’s just changed hands again with plans to finish it.

The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang was estimated to cost 2% of North Korea’s GDP to construct. It’s 105 stories tall and incomplete. Construction halted in 1992, perhaps for lack of funds. It has 3000 rooms in a country and city with little tourism. Though it can be seen from every part of Pyongyang, it was been removed from the city’s maps. Then the project was resurrected, even announcing it would become a Kempinski, with plans later dropped.

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  1. At least some years ago there was a subdivision in Florida which was begun just before the 1926 housing bubble burst. It consisted of sidewalks and streets with no houses. Also, a whole bunch of finished and failed projects from the time can be seen at “Mizner’s Dream:The Built and the Unbuilt”

  2. Thank you drrichard. I stay at Mizners resort in Weston, FL. and your link was very interesting!

  3. Enjoy the content, but can we maybe do an error check on articles before publishing?

  4. Sounds like East Glacier MT. One family bought up half of the businesses in town and then filed BK, leaving creditors holding the bag. The town has so much potential but needs investment. I was one of their victims and have been fighting to get my property back for three years. Was a motel, gift shop, campground, gas station, and car rental. I will have to resell at a loss which kills me in a town that gets almost 2 million visitors in 4 months each year. Would be a great place for a box hotel…. One bad family can kill dreams of so many and get away with it.

  5. I know that Branson has a history of tourism-oriented activities – but it’s strange since it’s in the middle of nowhere. And as far as I can tell, only one airline (Frontier) flies to BKG – and that’s not even daily.

  6. If I’m correct on this , the The Ryugyong Hotel IS being completed using the ground up bones of the former engineers and architects (and families) who designed and partially built it.

    It hasn’t YET been finished as the North Korean architecture and engineering schools have experienced a drop in enrollment.

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