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Celebrating 20 Years With Our 10 Biggest Milestones


  • Date: October 8, 2015

1980s - A visit to Alabama plants the Spirit Mountain seed

Grand Ronde Tribal Council members visit the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama, where they are inspired by the possibilities of their gaming facility.

1993 - Gaming compact signed
Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts, the first woman to be elected into office in the state, signs a gaming compact that gives Grand Ronde the go-ahead to break ground on Spirit Mountain.

1994 - The Spirit Mountain logo comes to life
Construction for Spirit Mountain goes underway, bringing many members of the community into the process. Simultaneously, the iconic logo - a coyote jumping over the mountains - makes its debut.

1995 - Spirit Mountain opens its doors for the first time
After years of careful planning, the Willamette Valley’s first major gaming destination welcomes visitors for the first time.

1997 - The Potlatch tradition continues
Each year, Spirit Mountain distributes six percent of the casino’s profits to the community through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Fund Director Kathleen George reflects that the fund provides a way for the Tribe to “partner with communities that have identified issues in their communities – whether it is a health issue, a safety issue or an education issue.”

1998 - Spirit Mountain becomes Oregon’s #1 destination
The Oregon Tourism Commission names Spirit Mountain the state’s top destination, taking the title from Multnomah Falls.

2001 - The gaming center expands
With the addition of 5,200 square feet, the casino floor expands to become the state’s #1 gaming destination.

2004 - The Lodge expands its possibilities
With a consistent ninety-five percent occupancy rate, the Lodge undergoes an expansion. Five stories and 163 additional rooms later, the Lodge houses visitors of every budget.

2008 - The 2,000-seat Main Event Center welcomes world-class acts
With the addition of the Main Event Center, the Willamette Valley continues to put on world-renowned entertainment, including Tim McGraw, John Legend, Johnny Cash, Jay Leno, Faith Hill, and others.

Today – fully immersed in the Polk and Yamhill communities
More than 1,200 people work at Spirit Mountain Casino, 88% of which are non-tribal community members. Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno notes, “I think our employees – whether they be past or present employees – have led to the success of our casino and they still do today.”

Spirit Mountain is ready to recognize 20 years in our community with style - Come and join us for the celebration by taking part in our special promotions!

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