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Biloxi gambling boats, cards and colonists

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Throughout the s and s, gambling expanded along the Coast. Yet, elsewhere in the inland counties of Mississippi, roadhouses supplied back room gambling activity.

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Before Europeans or Africans called the state their home, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and other Indian peoples in the region gambled regularly. Postcard showing the entrance to the Buena Vista Hotel in Biloxi.

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The Coast and Piney Woods regions were booming. United States Government Printing, Gambling devices were more prevalent along the Gulf Coast and in Biloxi gambling boats River towns, where gambling had historically existed, than in other sections of the state. Their concern was that laws were not being enforced regarding the illegal operation of slot machines.

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Senator Estes Kefauver from Tennessee headed the committee and it was soon called the Kefauver Committee. Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in towns along the Mississippi River, local legislators also realized the revenue advantage of legalizing gambling.

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The law restricts Mississippi casinos to coast waters including the Bay of St. In the s, the economy of the coastal region was still floundering.

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Back room gambling had not stopped. Portrait of a People.

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The men, Colonel Jack W. Hotels offered lawn bowling, billiards, sailing, hunting, and dancing. Gamblers in the lobby of the Biloxi gambling boats Hotel on the Gulf Coast.

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Mississippi Senator Tommy Gollott, a Democrat from the 50th Senate District in Harrison County, spearheaded legislation for dockside gambling to help the slumping state economy.

People flocked to the gaming establishments that lined the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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Today, in early 21st century, it awaits renovation. November photograph by Marion Post Wolcott. Over 42 million people visited Mississippi casinos inwith the vast majority of them coming from outside of the state. University of Nebraska Press, Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age,Lincoln, Nebraska:

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