Longtime casino riverboat departs for last time

By The Associated Press

ELIZABETH, Ind. (AP) — A riverboat that was a floating casino for more than two decades has left its southern Indiana dock for the last time.

The Glory of Rome riverboat opened in 1998 as a casino near the community of Elizabeth just down the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. It was shut down and put up for sale after the new $90 million Caesars Southern Indiana casino opened at a nearby site on land last December.

The riverboat boasted a passenger capacity of 5,000 for its four decks, which were all equipped with mirrors and cathedral ceilings with gold chandeliers.

A tugboat pushed the riverboat away from the dock on Tuesday to start its journey to Alabama for renovations and an uncertain future use by its new owner, according to Caesars officials.

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