Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel in Murphy NC Update

Cherokee Harrahs Casino Valley RiverAt the Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors Luncheon today, two representatives of Harrah’s, one of which was Lumpy Lambert, were kind enough to join us and provide an update on how the casino construction project is going here in Murphy, NC. They were able to provide some great updates I thought I would share with you:

  • They said it will take “at least 900 jobs” to run the casino with an estimated payroll of $32-39 million.
  • There will be approximately 50,000 square feet of gaming.
  • It will not have a restaurant initially. It will have a “Food Market” that will feature four food company choices and are planned as follows:
    • Nathan’s Famous
    • Panda Express
    • Starbucks
    • Earl of Sandwich
  • They have multiple phases in development. Phase 1 is what they are building now and each respective phase will build on the next. With 86 acres, there are many opportunities of what’s to come.

As progress continues to develop, you’ll hear it in many sources. They’re estimating and August 2015 opening. We will see more of what’s to come.

Check out the Opening Day Post for Harrahs Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel.

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NCDOT Awards the Bridge Construction Project to Service Harrahs Casino in Murphy NC

It was just notified that the construction project has been awarded to build the bridge to service the Harrahs Cherokee Casino in Murphy NC. The contract was recently awarded to Simpson Construction Company for $2,520,623. Construction is estimated to begin in March and should be done by the middle of November.

Progress is being made! This bridge will tie into 74 just East of Murphy’s Wal-Mart to cross over the Valley River and tie in to the site where the casino is being built. They have already started some land clearing and major construction is posed to begin later this year.

Looking to purchase or sell real estate in the area? Be sure to contact us and let us know what we can do to help.  We’re here for you!  😀

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Hanging Dog Community in Murphy NC has an Interesting Name. Where did it come from?

I always enjoy showing homes and land to folks who are not from Murphy, North Carolina. It’s always fun to go into the Hanging Dog community and folks are always curious where such a bizarre name originated. It’s not a twisted tale of animal cruelty, rather it actually dates back to a legend from a Cherokee Indian who lived in the area. Sure, there are probably many variations to this local legend, however, here’s my version of where the name of Hanging Dog actually came from. Enjoy!

Take a step back in time… to a time when the Cherokee Indians ruled the region and there was no white man to be found. It was the middle of winter, and it was no ordinary winter. It was a long, bleak, and miserably cold. The brutal winter robbed the tribe of food. Much of the food reserves were depleted and the tribe was forced to find food or face starvation.

The brave’s hunting partner was his hunting dog. It was no ordinary dog; his innate skill made him a force in the field. Together, they ventured on an excursion to find a deer that could feed many hungry mouths with fresh venison.

Equipped with mere primitive weaponry of the time, the dog was instrumental in finding and pushing out deer that were well hidden from the naked eye. He pushed out a large buck that could provide the much needed meat for the tribe. He was able to draw his bow and arrow and hit the deer on the mark. The buck, being a large and strong animal, did not give in easily. He raced away from the duo with the dog close on its heels. The deer leaped across the creek and the determined dog would not let the deer escape so easily. He forged the creek only to be swept away in the strong current.

As he rushed down the creek, the dog was caught in a snag of briars and vines in the middle of the creek. Instantly realizing the predicament, the brave knew he, nor the tribe, could afford for his dog to perish. The dog was instrumental in successful hunts, and they could never find prey without the skill of the dog. He jumped into the creek to save his dog from a certain fate. He freed his dog and then the two were able to successfully track the dear and capture it.

Upon returning back to the tribe, the brave told his tribesman the story of the events that transcribed. In celebration of a meal and the survival of their prized dog, the Cherokee named the creek Hanging Dog.

As time drew on and Europeans entered the area, the name was popular. Ultimately, the large area north of Murphy NC became known as Hanging Dog – all thanks to a hunter and his dog.

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Cherokee Indian Tribe to Put Casino in Murphy NC

That’s right – it was front page news today in The Cherokee Scout.  The Cherokee Indian Tribe has 793+/- acres secured to potentially grow their casino business from the Cherokee to Murphy (the land is actually in Marble, which is between Murphy and Andrews NC). The growth of this enterprise will be a huge influx of capital and jobs to Cherokee County and give our beautiful mountain area another attraction for folks to come and enjoy. The opportunities to be created here are amazing!

How will this affect real estate values? Right now it’s not even happened yet, so the effect won’t be immediate. There likely will be some “land grabbers” who will purchase land around the future casino site as an investment. As the casino is built and future development, restaurants, etc. are built up, surrounding land values will most likely increase. If you’re searching for an investment opportunity, you have the highest opporunity for reward early in the development.

Looking to capitalize and buy land around the future site? Email us or call today to secure the best buys and investments early in the project!

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