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Coming Soon: BarstowTripping.com

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 7th July 2005 8:46pm
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For Las Vegas-bound travelers, the city of Barstow —straddling Interstate 15 in the baking heat of the Mojave Desert — is little more than a pit stop.

City leaders, however, are hoping to change the fleeting view that motorists have of the town by planting a casino near the train tracks and fast-food outlets in the heart of town.

Perhaps, City Council members reasoned, gamblers will want to place their bets in Barstow rather than make the two-hour haul through the desert to Las Vegas.

"Barstow has always been a town where travelers stop and eat," said Mayor Lawrence E. Dale. "Now we want them to stay. We hope to do that with a casino."

Barstow is an economically depressed desert town of about 23,000 residents. The 2000 census put median family income at $40,160, compared with $56,530 statewide, and a fifth of the folks in town live below the federal government's poverty line. A casino, city officials say, could change all that.

The opportunity seems to be there. More than 45,000 cars pass through town each day, and the McDonald's on the town's main drag is among the chain's busiest, testimony to Barstow's ability to get travelers to swing off the freeway. But, as is the case with casinos elsewhere, the project is already mired in controversy and political intrigue. It turns out that two casinos could rise in the desert town, and three Indian tribes are vying for rights to the action.

A proposal by the Chemehuevi tribe, which claims historical ties to the area, was rebuffed by the City Council in favor of a bid by Los Coyotes Tribe from San Diego County. Dale said Los Coyotes "presented a proposal that best fits the needs of our city."



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