Casino Plan In Historic Gettysburg Gains Support

Historic Gettysburg is a step closer to getting a casino. The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association says it is supporting a plan to build a casino a half-mile from the site of the Civil War's bloodiest battle.

A local developer has proposed turning what is currently the Eisenhower Conference Center, a hotel and meeting complex, into a resort casino. The facility would have 600 slot machines and 50 gaming tables, reports The Associated Press.

The preservation group says the casino is on the site of an existing development, would not interfere with the battlefield boundaries and would be good for the local economy.

"The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association would not support a commercial project that would use or impinge upon the battlefield," says association president Brendan Synnamon.

American Legion National Commander Clarence E. Hill has voiced strong opposition to the casino plan suggesting soldiers could even be buried on the site in unmarked graves, and calling the project "a national disgrace."

But the head of Gettysburg American Legion Post 202 says his post is actually neutral on the subject.

The proposal goes to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board next week.

Photo, Alaskan Dude, Flickr
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