Crooner Bing Crosby owned several ranches near Elko (pop. 16,708), and spent summers there with his wife, Dixie, and their four sons. The townspeople apparently treated him like a local and he appreciated the chance to escape the hectic pace of his life and live like an ordinary citizen. Crosby was made honorary mayor in 1948, a position he held until his death in 1977.
Trivia: Bing Crosby’s Ranches
Celebrities, On the Road, People, TriviaBy American Profile on May 17, 2009