ST. LOUIS – The Casino Queen riverboat departed the East St. Louis waterfront
today after 15 years as a Mississippi River casino. The four-story side-wheeler
was purchased by Cedar Bay of Branson, Missouri, who plans to break ground on a
new museum in Tennessee on November 13th. The company operates a Titanic museum
Mr. John Joslyn, President and CEO of Cedar Bay, said “There’s a lot of great
space that captured my imagination. We haven’t quite determined how we will use
it. We have to consider city landscapes, look at all our options and talk with
cities. But we are keeping the restaurant because it’s a great facility.”
The riverboat is moving 17 miles north to Mike’s Dock in Hartford, Illinois,
where it will be docked for winter before undergoing renovations.
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