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Gaming Investors Roll Snake Eyes

Gettysburg Casino Defeated Again

On the morning of April 14, 2011, the fight over the highly controversial Gettysburg casino proposal came to a conclusion as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board voted to award the final Category III license to another applicant in the western region of the state. In the end, not a single vote was cast for the Gettysburg applicant.

Since it was announced last year, the proposal to open the Mason-Dixon Gaming Resort a scant half-mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park drew immense national and international condemnation. Tens of thousands signed petitions against the project and nearly 300 prominent historians wrote to the gaming board, urging its rejection, as did the national leadership of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the American Legion. Other prominent Americans who lent their name to the campaign to protect Gettysburg included Susan Eisenhower, Emmy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, Medal of Honor recipient Paul W. Bucha, renowned composer John Williams and entertainers Matthew Broderick, Stephen Lang and Sam Waterston.

Together these historians, celebrities, organizations and concerned individuals helped to raise awareness about the threat and the simple fact that a casino at Gettysburg would irrevocably conflict with the essential meaning of that place in American history. Fortunately, because of the work of these concerned individuals, the membership of the Civil War Trust and the outstanding volunteers of the local advocacy group No Casino Gettysburg who were steadfast in their opposition, future generations of Americans will be able to visit this hallowed ground in all of its pristine glory without the intrusion of our modern world.

Despite the wonderful news, the battle is far from over. Now, the focus shifts to supporting Pennsylvania State Representative Paul Clymer (R-Bucks County) who introduced HB 1179, which would amend the state gaming act and prevent a casino from ever being awarded to a site within 10 miles of Gettysburg National Military Park. The Trust continues to work with No Casino Gettysburg and the national coalition that helped to defeat the latest casino proposal to ensure that we are never again faced with the possibility of gaming in Gettysburg. Visit www.civilwar.org/nocasino for the latest updates on the issue and how you can help end this threat once and for all.

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