Massive 3,000 Acre Nevada Ranch Once Owned By Bing Crosby Now On The Market For $7.3 Million
A ranch in northeastern Nevada that was once owned by Hollywood legend Bing Crosby has just been put on the market for $7,280,000.
The Lawson Ranch is located in the small city of Elko, and it was owned by Crosby in the 1940s and 1950s.
Crosby enjoyed visiting his ranch in the summers, and he was even named the honorary mayor of Elko in 1948. He loved visiting the town because he was treated like any other local when he visited, rather than as a Hollywood star. Toni Mendive, the archivist at the Northeastern Nevada Museum, said that the facility still has a denim tuxedo that belonged to Crosby.
Toni explained that her late husband Raymond would often ride horses with Crosby on the ranch and on the neighboring national forest land.
“It was a place for his boys to come and experience something outside Hollywood,” Toni explained.
Sharon Rhoads, the current owner of the ranch, remembers Crosby well from when she was a child.
“He and my dad were good friends. He was a very nice man,” she said.
Crosby, who was best known for his roles in films like Going My Way and White Christmas, passed away in 1977 at the age of 74.
Crosby sold the ranch in the late 1950s after his four sons expressed no interest in keeping up the property. Todd Renfrew, the agent who is working the sale of the property, said the Lawson ranch includes nearly 3,000 acres, a private airstrip and an airplane hangar, a nearly 5,000-square-foot main residence with five bedrooms and five baths, three additional houses and barns.
At this time, it is still a working ranch with hundreds of cattle and state water rights.