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Thread: Bing Crosby's Toluca Lake Homes

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Just north of I-80

    Default Bing Crosby's Toluca Lake Homes

    Unfortunately, the Camarillo home is best known for the catastrophe that struck on January 3, 1943. Either Dixie was taking down the Christmas tree or eldest son Gary was playing with its lights when one of the bulbs sparked and set the dry branches aflame; the fire quickly spread up the nearby drapes to the second story. Dixie, the children and the servants managed to escape, although the boys’ spaniel, Timmy, died of smoke inhalation. Bing, reportedly dining at the Brown Derby with Fred Astaire, rushed home and, according to legend, pushed past the firefighters and through the front door to retrieve his golf shoes from the foyer coat closet. Although he was famous as a golfer, his concern wasn’t for the shoes themselves, but rather for the $20,000 to $30,000 in gambling money he kept rolled up in them.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Hilton Head (Bluffton), SC



    This was such a great article, THANK YOU for posting it! I wonder how many other posters even know it exists!

    By the way, I hope all is going well with you...the wife and I envy you living in Reno...wanted to buy a house in the Sun City/Del Webb community but in 2006, their prices were just too high for us...

    Also have read that there is a "battle" going on between the city and the owner of the strip clubs downtown...very interesting!

    Again, THANKS for the article!

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007


    Good story, thanks Reno.

    Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

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