DODGE CITY - Construction began this week on the Boot Hill Casino following a
ground-breaking ceremony attended by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, legislative leaders
and officials of Butler National, which is managing the project. The event
endured gusty winds and below-freezing temperatures, but despite the weather,
Butler's CEO said "This is a big day for Kansas."
The site for the western-themed, hotel-and-gambling complex is on U.S. 50, just
west of a town.
Butler National expects to open the casino and dining facilities in early
December 2009. The $88 million complex with hotel will be completed in three
Three other Kansas-owned casino projects have been delayed by financial
problems. Developers in southeast Kansas and the Wichita and Kansas City areas
withdrew their bids after being awarded contracts by the Kansas Lottery. Dodge
City is the only one of the four proposed casinos to begin construction.
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