Choctaws start on second casino
Jan. 1, 2002
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians began work on a second casino last year, the Golden Moon, across Highway 16 from the Silver Star Hotel and Casino.
Work on the Golden Moon began in early 2001. W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Co. of Philadelphia signed a $147 million contract to build the Golden Moon.
Tribe officials say the new casino should be opened by the fall of the 2002.
When completed, the Golden Moon will have a hotel with 572 luxury guest rooms, including 110 suites, and a 90,000-square-foot casino. Guests will be able to walk between the Silver Star and the Golden Moon through an air-conditioned pedestrian sky bridge.
The Choctaws also operate two championship golf courses at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club. On the drawing board is a 283-acre lake they plan to construct west of the casinos sometime in the next few years. Surrounding the lake will be buildings for recreation and lodging.