Lawson Ranch, the northeastern Nevada homestead once owned by Bing Crosby, is listed for just over $7 million.
Word has it that during the 1940s, at the height of his fame, this is where legendary crooner Bing Crosby would escape the paparazzi. Located in Elko, Bing Crosby's Nevada cattle ranch allowed him to retreat from stardom and revel in the Old West. Elko is considered the capital of the Nevada gold belt and is home to the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (one of our top festivals to attend this side of the Mississippi). According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Crosby owned seven properties in this region, buying the first in 1944. However, following the passing of his first wife, Dixie, in 1952, Crosby sold all of the properties by 1958.
The current owners of Lawson Ranch purchased the 3,000-acre property in 2010. While it offers plenty of old West charm—the original cabin from its time as a homestead in the 1860s is still there and it can run more than 600 pair of cattle—the ranch also has the convenience of many modern amenities, including a private airstrip and airplane hangar, a 5,000-square-foot main residence, three additional guest houses, and a heated repair shop.
Crosby owned seven properties in this region, buying the first in 1944.
In various interviews that Elko natives have given about their famous neighbor, it sounds as though Crosby loved his time in the Elko community and especially on his ranches. And really, who wouldn't want to enjoy their time at a place this pretty?
PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy California Outdoor Properties
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