COUNCIL BLUFFS — Farewell to the Queen.
After more than a decade of hosting gambling and entertainment, the Kanesville Queen Riverboat left Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel on Wednesday for new life in different ways. The riverboat casino first opened for business in Council Bluffs on Jan. 1, 1996.
The boat was purchased by Newt Marine of Dubuque. Materials from the boat will be resold and reused, with the metal portions recycled, said Bo Guidry, Harrah’s senior vice president and general manager.
Guidry said earlier this year that Harrah’s will save an estimated $2 million annually by retiring the aging riverboat.
The boat is heading first to Jefferson City, Mo., where the top two decks will be removed before departing to Dubuque for the final scrap process.
The Kanesville Queen was no longer needed after lawmakers approved land-based casinos in Iowa. Harrah’s then began the process of renovating its main floor convention center into a casino.