More recently it was owned in part by Frank Sinatra until the state gaming authorities yanked his license (later restored) for having unsuitable playmates.
The Cal-Neva today is as respectable as any gambling house in the state, and the largest at Crystal Bay with 200 rooms in a ten-story tower overlooking the Lake. The state line slices through the swimming pool and the lobby, but the gambling rooms are firmly on the Nevada side.
The Crystal Bay Club and the Biltmore add to the interest at the California line. “The season” has finally become a 12-month affair here, although some local businesses still close for the winter.
California begins at the west edge of Crystal Bay, and California 267, an all-weather highway north from King’s Beach, puts Truckee and Interstate 80 only a dozen miles away.