Yesterday the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected the proposal to locate a casino adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park. The Civil War Trust posted details yesterday in a press release. This is certainly welcome news, and worth a toast all around to those who participated in efforts to stop the casino development.
The rejection of the casino is the third significant preservation win here in the “eastern theater” this year – considering the Wilderness Wal-Mart turn and the acquisition of the old Gettysburg country club property. Out in the “western theater”, in March additional acres preserved at the Resaca and Dallas battlefields in Georgia pushed the Civil War Trust’s tally of total protected lands over 30,000. Just four months into the year and just a few days past the 150th anniversary of Fort Sumter, the battlefield preservation community has a lot to be proud of!