'Secret' park in Maryland was once eyed for Shawnee casino

Wills Creek and Wills Mountain, seen on the right, are named for Indian Will, a Shawnee man who lived in Cumberland, Maryland, in the 18th century. Photo by Sethbernard87 via Wikipedia

A park in Maryland that is considered a "secret" but there's no way for the public to access it was once eyed as a site for an off-reservation casino in the 1990s.

A developer talked to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma about a casino at the 357-acre Wills Mountain State Park in Cumberland. But the tribe, whose ancestors lived in the area before being forced to leave, never signed a deal for the project, The Baltimore Sun reported in November 1995.

The state ended up buying the land after the deal died. Since it's surrounding by private properties, the public cannot access the present-day park.

The park, the mountain and the creek at its base are named for Indian Will, a Shawnee man who lived in the area in the 18th century, The Cumberland Times-News reported. He stayed in Cumberland after most of the tribe left, according to Wikipedia.

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