Bing Crosby's former Nevada ranch with 3,000 acres and 600 cows seeks $7.3 million

Jack Flemming
Los Angeles Times

In remote Nevada, a 3,000-acre cattle ranch once owned by Bing Crosby is up for sale at $7.28 million.

Known as Lawson Ranch, it’s one of seven properties Crosby owned in the town of Elko. The “White Christmas” singer took a liking to place in the 1940s, using it as a getaway from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Local lore says he’d retreat to the ranch to hunt and fish and sometimes stop by the drug store for a milkshake. He became such a presence that the city named him honorary mayor in 1948, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The ranch holds a 5,000-square-foot home, three guesthouses, a private airstrip, airplane hangar, two barns and a repair shop. Grass and ponds fill out the flat terrain, and sometimes snow-capped mountains decorate the horizon.

Wood touches up the main residence, which has been remodeled as a bed and breakfast. It holds five bedrooms and five bathrooms across two stories.

Set up as a fully functioning cattle ranch, the property also includes roughly 600 head of Angus beef cattle.

Todd Renfrew of California Outdoor Properties holds the listing.

Crosby, who died in 1977 at 74, was a hugely successful singer and actor. He won an Academy Award for his role in 1944’s “Going My Way,” and his musical hits include “White Christmas,” “Swinging on a Star” and “Pennies From Heaven,” all of which have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

He owned a handful of properties in California as well, including a Southern Colonial-style estate in Toluca Lake and a Rancho Mirage Midcentury that hit the market late last year for $5 million.