Indiana: Horseshoe prepares to say goodbye to the ‘Boat’ John Boyle, News and Tribune · December 2, 2019 at 12:29 pm When the idea of bringing a casino to Southern Indiana emerged, there was a lot of uncertainty among the local population. Much of the region’s history saw gambling exist in the seedy underground, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many. Toward the end of the 20th century, multiple referenda to allow riverboat gambling failed at the local levels in Clark and Floyd counties. In Harrison County, however, there seemed to be hope. “Gaming was so new to Indiana,” said Judy Hess, director of community relations at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. “Depending on who was looking at it, it had horns on its head. It was not something everybody was willing to embrace… So many of us that were this far away from legalized gambling, all we knew of it was what we saw in the movies, you know, ‘Goodfellas’ and all that. It was an inch-by-inch build with everybody in the county.” County officials sought community input on the prospect of bringing in the casino in the 1990s, with Hess playing a role in guiding the committees they organized. It was then that she became intrigued by the gaming industry.