Hotel ready for 1st guests since 1932

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

Seventy-five years after its last guests checked out, the West Baden Springs Hotel is ready for a grand reopening next week that will cap a $90 million restoration that's returned the domed structure to its ...
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You are a goof

Chicago, IL

#21 May 19, 2007
Building Character wrote:
I find it interesting that someone who does not know when to use "then" instead of "than" is now an economics major who can prognosticate the future of this area.
The fact of the matter is that anyone who plans to go to the "Racinos" instead of the FrenchLick or West Baden Hotel most likely do not have the money to stay in the two hotels anyway. The real gamblers play table games which they will not have at the racinos.
Visitors will also go to these two historic landmarks BECAUSE they are out of the way. It is a true get away with 3 golf courses, 2 spas, horseback riding, bowling, indoor tennis, and yes a casino. One step inside that dome will be enough to bring you back again. Those who say otherwise have not stepped foot in this yet.
Read this GOMER

French Lick is a endangered species - That is why the state was reluctant to put a casino there.
Bankrupt JOE

Chicago, IL

#22 May 19, 2007

Chicago, IL

#23 May 19, 2007
One-armed bandits at Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville could attract a significant share of French Lick’s clientele—possibly enough to break its bottom line
Build I69

Chicago, IL

#24 May 19, 2007
Most people avoid this area since it is REMOTE. Sure - People will go but not enough to sustain it. I69 must be built to save this area

Elkhart, IN

#25 May 19, 2007
Internet gambling and gas prices will turn this into another white elephant.

Chicago, IL

#26 May 19, 2007
Deadeye wrote:
Internet gambling and gas prices will turn this into another white elephant.

Marysville, OH

#27 May 19, 2007
Does not bode well wrote:
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French Lick casino is already crying the blues - Too remote and all the women working the casino have mustaches and 40 inch waste - Sexy
40 inch waste? WOW!! Thats one mighty turd!!

Ferdinand, IN

#29 May 19, 2007
Cater to locales wrote:
Convert it into a wal mart - That is were those po white local folks shop - The little town centers down there are all vacant since the Wal Mart in Paoli and jasper opened. The big thing is walmart on saturday night after the buffet at KFC.
Gee. Us ignorant hill folk sure are surprised by the especially rude crop of Indy snobs they are a-growin' this year.

As someone who frequents the your fair city, I am a little disappointed at your low opinion of your fellow Hoosiers to the South.

Will NEVER work

Indianapolis, IN

#30 May 19, 2007
That place has no chance for success.

I didn't see mention of bag after bag of taxpayer money being used to reclaim the ruins.

Heck, ask Mayor Brat --- if you can't spend millions and millions of tax dollars, it is not worth a second glance.

Better yet, let's take a modest collection and send Mayor Brat down there to see how things are done. To hold expenses in line with value received, let's make it a one-way ticket.

Hey rspence: you just don't understand the problem up here...complete lack of intelligent life. We pay nearly a billion to replace things like football stadiums and convention centers that are in good condition. We give millions to people who have enough already just to be sure they won't leave. We spend millions to build a glass expansion of a library that is in the midst of granite and limestone buildings merely because some idiot thought it'd be cute and we let some goof put a restaurant and bar inside a public (government) building then give 'em a license to run the damn thing on public property.

Yeppers, we know how to do things right. Y'all is backasswards down there.
they are back

United States

#32 May 20, 2007
The haters and the doomsayers are back and in strength today......THANK YOU MR. COOK. ignore these other fools.

Since: Apr 07

French Lick Indiana

#33 May 20, 2007
Not all of us have moustaches and 40 inch waistlines, sweetheart.
All you naysayer can just keep it up, you don't see what I see on a daily basis. Buses, Buses and more Buses coming from everywhere.

I just love the stereotyping people who live in this area are getting. Psst, most of us MOVED HERE to work here, Chicago, Louisville, Indy... 98% of my coworkers are from LARGE CITIES.

And we're the backwards ones.

Thanks Mr. Cook, you've done a great thing in Orange County and we all appreciate it.
Casino Employee

United States

#34 May 20, 2007
I truely hope the new West Baden domed hotel does well. The area is beautiful, the history is great and this area really does need the jobs to help it grow. So as i said, i really do hope it does well; but i just dont see it happening. the casino which was suppose to help bring in guest and jobs for the locals, must not be doing as well as the management and media is reporting since they are laying many off already. I say either Mr. Cook doesnt know what is going on in his own company or he doesnt care?

United States

#35 May 28, 2007
It's buried in the news stores, but weren't the taxpayers also forced to kick in tens of millions to this thing?

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