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Groundwork begins at the new Bartlesville, Pawhuska Osage Casino locations

Construction crews clear the future site of the Osage Casinos Hotel location site in Pawhuska, east of the three-way intersection where U.S. 60 and State Highway 99 meet. CODY HAMMER/Osage News

Groundwork is now underway with heavy machinery moving dirt at the future Osage Casinos locations at Bartlesville and Pawhuska.

In late August, construction crews started bringing heavy equipment vehicles to the new Bartlesville site located along U.S. 60. Crews began clearing the property to make way for construction and conducting controlled burn measures to remove trees and other greenery on the south end of the property.

On Sept. 22, crews began working on the new Pawhuska casino site east of the three-way intersection where U.S. 60 and State Highway 99 meet.

At the August meeting of the Gaming Enterprise Board, Kimberly Pearson, Chief Operations Officer for Osage Casinos, briefed the board on the casino projects. On Sept. 17, Pearson told the board that work would begin shortly at Pawhuska and the Osage Nation Heritage Trail sign at the three-way intersection will be removed to make way for the project.

Pearson said the casino is still meeting with Las Vegas firm Marnell Architecture and would meet again in October regarding the casino projects. Marnell also designed the most recent Osage Casino properties at Tulsa (opened 2018), Skiatook and Ponca City (both opened in 2013).

When completed, the new Bartlesville Osage Casino Hotel, built on more than 125 acres, will feature: a gaming floor for 500 electronic games, a 101-room hotel tower with 15 suites, a 10,560 square-foot meeting space, pool/ hot tub and a fitness center. The casino will also feature two food/ beverage spaces and dedicated parking for buses and trucks.

Located on more than 60 acres, the new Pawhuska Osage Casino Hotel property will feature a gaming floor with room for up to 250 electronic games, a 47-room hotel with a pool and spa, meeting room space and food and beverage amenities.

In related project news, Pearson said a total of 30 Osage artists responded to the casino’s call for artwork submissions to have their works considered for display at the two new casino properties. The art submission deadline was Aug. 31. Pearson said the submissions were forwarded onto Marnell and interior design professionals who will decide on whose art will be part of the casino properties’ décor.

Expected completion of the Bartlesville and Pawhuska casino/ hotel locations is fall 2022.