Top O' Hill Terrace Casino by Joseph Cator • Findery

The safe had a time lock and opened each evening at 8 p.m. An average "take" for the casino was an estimated $50,000 to $100,000 nightly, and on the weekends this amount was more than doubled. Figuring on these tabulations, it is a low estimate to say that $50 million was made at Top O' Hill during its twenty-two years of operation. At the top o’ the hill stood the casino. The defining feature of the Terrace’s architecture was its sandstone masonry. The sandstone is native and is similar to the sandstone prominent at three nearby places: Rose Hill Cemetery, the house and commercial building of gangster O. D. Stevens, and the estate of Paul Waples. The tea garden. Another view of the tea garden. The tea garden’s They all visited the Terrace years ago. On a recent visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area I had an opportunity to visit the site of what was once the Top of the Hill Terrace, a famous, illegal gambling casino. I’d like you to hear about this great place from Vickie Bryant, the Terrace’s Historian. You’ll also find out how the Arlington Top O'Hill Terrace: Top O' Hill Terrace casino tou - See 515 traveler reviews, 172 candid photos, and great deals for Arlington, TX, at Tripadvisor. ARLINGTON--Before there was Las Vegas, there was Top O' the Hill Terrace. The casino was the place in the nation to gamble in the 1930s and 1940s: Joe Louis, Howard Hughes, Bonnie and Clyde and maybe even John Wayne were among noted visitors. "If you worked on top of that hill, you knew you should keep your mouth shut," said Jack Poe, 83, from his home in Lone Star. "I blocked it out of my Known as Top O' Hill Terrace, the popular spot attracted gamblers as well as visitors who were often unaware of the gaming activities. The restaurant, along with the tea garden that exists today, was a legitimate business, operating alongside a brothel as well as the casino, which benefited from the nearby Arlington Downs racetrack. Top O' Hill Terrace facilities included a horse barn and a Known as Top O' Hill Terrace, the popular spot attracted gamblers as well as visitors who were often unaware of the gaming activities. The restaurant, along with the tea garden that exists today, was a legitimate business, operating alongside a brothel as well as the casino, which benefited from the nearby Arlington Downs racetrack. Top O' Hill Terrace facilities included a horse barn and a Known as Top O' Hill Terrace, the popular spot attracted gamblers as well as visitors who were often unaware of the gaming activities. The restaurant, along with the tea garden that exists today, was a legitimate business, operating alongside a brothel as well as the casino, which benefited from the nearby Arlington Downs racetrack. Top O' Hill Terrace facilities included a horse barn and a Known as Top O' Hill Terrace, the popular spot attracted gamblers as well as visitors who were often unaware of the gaming activities. The restaurant, along with the tea garden that exists today, was a legitimate business, operating alongside a brothel as well as the casino, which benefited from the nearby Arlington Downs Racetrack. Top O' Hill Terrace facilities included a horse barn and a As a casino and destination for swanky food and drink, Top O’ Hill Terrace is long closed. However, the Baptist College offers tours by appointment that include the tunnels and hidden passages of the old speakeasy. And if you still want a taste of 1920s sporting life, stop by the Meadowbrook Park and Golf Course. Built in 1924 and located a mile east of downtown, you can play a round on

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