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Star Studded Borrego Springs
Look to the Sky
Borrego Springs has the unique distinction of being designated an International Dark Sky Community (by the International Dark Sky Association), the first in California.  Because of our unique location in the desert and through the efforts of many people to control artificial light Borrego Springs is the perfect location to view millions of stars in the sky.  But the sky over Borrego Springs is not the only place where we have stars.  What is not well known is the connection Borrego Springs has with the Stars of Hollywood.  
 
Look to Hollywood

          

Borrego Springs has a star studded past and present that comes as a surprise to many unfamiliar with the colorful history of Borrego Springs.
 
Borrego Springs has been host to many a Hollywood Film Crew over the years.

Borrego Springs of the 1950's was a favorite hideaway for Hollywood stars who wanted to escape and relax, including:

Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Leo Carrillo, Burgess Meredith, Gale Gordon, Will Rogers, John Wayne, James Arness and Frank Morgan.  Lon Chaney Jr (pictured here) of the famed theatrical family started a community theater group in Borrego in 1950 which is now the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center

Some even chose to call Borrego Springs their full time or part time residence.
 
Some Movie & TV Personalities who have called Borrego home:
 
Charles Starrett - (Durango Kid) retired to Borrego Springs and died here.  See:  Grapevine Video, The Wild West wikipedia
 
Frank Morgan - Borrego's first honorary mayor, and the Wizard in "Wizard of OZ".
 
Leo Carrillo - Significant player in the creation of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
 
Burgess Meredith - Built a get-away home at de Anza Country Club. [1]
 
Gale Gordon - Retired here with his wife at their home in Tub Canyon and was honorary mayor from 1961 to 1974 [2]
 
Click here for more information on the Stars of Borrego.
 
In addition to the earthbound stars Borrego Springs is also one of only two officially designated communities in the country for superior Star gazing as in celestial stars.
 
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Notes:
 
1. This intriguing southwestern style home was the getaway home for actor Burgess Meredith. The .63 acre lot is on the green of De Anza Country Club golf course surrounded by mountains, mature landscaping and fruit trees. The house was remodeled by architect Jacqueline Larsen and a large adjoining 1664 SF guesthouse/art studio with 13ft ceilings was constructed in 1990. The studio has a bedroom and private balcony on a mezzanine floor; masonry kiva fireplace, high ceilings, operable skylights. a kitchen, full bathroom w/ jacuzzi tub and two covered patios. The main house is perfect for entertaining guests. Master bedroom wing and guest bedroom wing are separated by roomy and comfortable great room which opens out onto a saltillo-tiled covered patio and a salt water pool. Central vacuum, zoned central a/c and outdoor shower. Very quiet location. Use one and rent out the other one. Pool has brand new stucco and equipment.
2. see http://www.gale-gordon.com/slowburn.html

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