Crystal Mountain Casino
5200 Honpie Drive
Shingle Springs, California
The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok in 1996 worked with Sharp Image to operate a casino on the tribe’s Shingle Springs Rancheria. Under its contract, Sharp Image had an exclusive right to build a casino and stock it with machines and tables.
Sharp Image built a concrete pad, raised a permanent 20,000-square-foot white tent and opened the 400-slot-machine casino for one day. Neighbors shut down the private neighborhood roads that were the only access to the casino.
Though the tent was only a few hundred feet from Highway 50, there was no access that allowed commercial traffic. The Crystal Mountain Casino never reopened. The lack of access roads shut down economic development on the Shingle Springs Rancheria for years.
The tribe later contracted with Minneapolis-based Lakes Entertainment Inc. to develop Red Hawk Casino which opened in 2009.