Elko Ranch Once Owned by Bing Crosby Will Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive

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bing crosbyIt’s been decades since the late Bing Crosby moved to the remote Elko, Nevada, but his presence still looms large in the town — and his ranch there is now up for sale.

Crosby purchased property there in the 1940s with the idea that it would become a respite for his family, remote enough to be able to shed the expectations that came with being a famous movie star and singer. He would end up owning seven ranches in the area around the town, which is about 400 miles from Las Vegas.

His Lawson Ranch property is up for sale for $7.28 million — and while that might seem like a premium, it includes a working cattle ranch, a private airstrip and hangar, and a six-bedroom main house that serves as a working bed and breakfast currently. There are additional buildings that serve as living quarters for guests and staff as well.

The original homestead from the 1860s is also still on the site, and has been preserved.

It also includes some of the oldest water rights in the state, and backs up to the national forest, but is still only five miles from the highway, Todd Renfrew of California Outdoor Properties, who has the listing, said.

“The Lawson Ranch, homestead in the 1860’s and once owned by the late Bing Crosby, is situated on the flank of an incredibly beautiful mountainside. It encompasses roughly 3000 deeded acres and is located a short drive north of Elko, Nevada,” the brochure for the listing says. “This property has fantastic recreational qualities and is a profitable working cattle ranch. It is complete with updated modern conveniences, including your own private airstrip and large airplane hangar, a full ranch headquarters with easy access to town. This is the quintessential turnkey gentlemen’s ranch.”


When Crosby lived there, the ranch — and the town — truly became a place for him to unwind. “The ranches were his getaway, where he could fish, fire a gun, and make friends with all his neighbors,” listing materials explained. And fellow thespian Jimmy Stewart caught the Elko bug as well for a time, briefly owning the Winecup Gamble Ranch in 1953.

Crosby loved Elko, even hosting a movie premiere there in 1951. For more on this gorgeous ranch (seriously, you can’t miss the tour video), head over to SecondShelters.com.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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