Monday, February 5, 2007 at 7:47:56 PM
When Harold and Priscilla Cooper started their Shady Lane Motel here 47 years ago, it had only half a dozen rooms and was only open six months out of the year.
A big part of the explanation looms half a mile to the east: Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel. Since it opened in November 1997, "We've done better every year," said Ramada Limited co-owner John Cooper Sr.
Gambling Factoid #6: While playing cards are believed to have originated in China, the present-day 52-card deck of four suits—spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs—with 13 cards per suit comes from 15th century France.
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