Before Las Vegas became popular among gamblers, the gambling capital was located in Newport, Kentucky.
During the early years, Newport, Kentucky, was noted for their connection to the mafia which also meant that gambling casinos were open for gamblers despite being considered illegal under State law.
The casinos were usually located at the back of a hotel which gave the gamblers the privacy that they needed.
The mafia made sure that the illegal casinos remained open at the time by donating funds, equipment, and even vehicles to the municipality. A significant number of residents also worked in the casinos thus giving the rest of the Kentucky population more reason to keep quiet about the mafia’s activities.
Located in the corner of 6th and Monmouth Streets in Newport, Kentucky is a quaint little gambling museum owned and managed by Larry Trapp called The Northern Kentucky Gambling Museum.
In a 2011 interview, Larry Trapp told the story of how he first got interested in a simple poker chip that sparked his interest in collecting old gambling memorabilia, even if he never gambled.
The museum accepts visitors aged 18 years old and above. It is open between 12 pm and 7 pm from Tuesday to Sunday with a $15 entrance fee per person that guarantees you a one-hour tour.
The Northern Kentucky Gambling Museum showcases Northern Kentucky’s gambling history with old poker chips, slot machines, and photographs to give you a good idea about where it all began.
A souvenir and gift shop are located inside the building, so you can also take home a memento of your visit.
Aside from its exhibit collection, the building itself is said to be haunted, which takes us to another reason to visit. They accept booked paranormal investigations for groups with a maximum of 10 participants.
The rate for the paranormal investigation costs $350 per group. Investigations can be conducted between 8 pm and 1 am. For interested parties, they do require phone bookings for reservations.