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French Lick Resort Casino - Wikipedia
As at French Lick, the wealthy and famous—and more rarely the infamous, including gangsters—came to take the waters and gamble during the first three decades of the 20th century, often booking lengthy stays. Guests could drink and bathe in the water in the hotel and in several elegant springs pavilions arranged around the sunken garden. Ed Ballard, owner of several circuses, acquired the property in The stock market crash of dealt a severe financial blow and the hotel closed in Ed Ballard donated the property to The Society of Jesus.
By Joy Neighbors. The Pete Dye Mansion has been part of the resort for almost a century. The mansion was completed in , six months after Tom Taggart Sr. Tom moved in with his two-year-old daughter Eva, and a nanny. Taggart owned the home until when he sold it.
The casino opened for business on November 3, , after a gaming license originally intended for Patoka Lake was transferred to French Lick. Honoring state law allowing only water-based gaming, it was originally designed as a riverboat and surrounded by a small pond commonly nicknamed the Boat in the Moat. The casino features more than 1, slot machines , and table games including blackjack , craps , roulette , and poker derivatives. The site was originally known as the French Lick Springs Hotel , a grand resort that was a mineral spring health spa. The hotel catered to guests seeking the advertised healing properties of the town's sulfur springs , three of which were on the hotel's property.