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Grand Hotel Histories - Indiana Landmarks
In November , the French Lick Resort Casino , the state's tenth casino in the modern legalized era, opened, drawing national attention to the small town. However, it is best known as the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird. French Lick was originally a French trading post built near a spring and salt lick. A fortified ranger post was established near the springs in On Johnson's map of Indiana, the community was known as Salt Spring. The town was founded in The sulfur springs were commercially exploited for medical benefits starting in
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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
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