Bing Crosby Statue(statue)
502 East Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258
Website: Bing Crosby Statue
Created by Spokane sculptor Deborah Copenhaver, a larger-than-life bronze statue of Bing Crosby stands outside Gonzaga's Crosby Student Center. The singer-movie star attended Gonzaga and received an honorary degree from the university in 1937.
502 East Boone Ave. Spokane WA
Four years after Bing's passing, the town of Spokane dedicated a statue to Bing Crosby on the grounds of Gonzaga University's campus. The bronze statue was sculpted by Deborah Copenhaver and was dedicated on May 3, 1981. Crosby's widow, Kathryn, was in attendance for the dedication, and Bob Hope also took part in the ceremony via phone, being telecast over a loudspeaker.
The statue is situated outside the Crosby Student Center and portrays Bing in his familiar hat, with a golf bag and clubs at his feet. The statue will also occasionally feature him smoking a pipe. However, the pipe is now used only for special events, in order to prevent theft. Now, the pipe can be unscrewed for safe-keeping and re-attached when necessary.
--Annette Bochenek for Classic Movie Hub
(Read about Annette's Classic Movie Travels at Hometowns To Hollywood)