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Bishop is the only incorporated city in Inyo County with a land area of 1.75 square miles. Samuel Bishop came to the area on a cattle drive in 1861 and stayed to build two small cabins and start San Francis Ranch near the site of the present town. Ranching remained an important economic interest in the area for many years, providing beef to nearby mining towns (Bateman 1995). Adjacent to the city are several developed unincorporated areas. The Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation is 8.74 square miles in size and is 2.6 km (1.6 miles) west of the city of Bishop.

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photo of Main St in Bishop - 1926
Bishop, Ca. - 1926

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Bishop is a city located in Inyo County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 3,575. The town was named after Bishop Creek, flowing out of the Sierra Nevada: the creek was named after Samuel Addison Bishop, a settler in the Owens Valley.

Bishop is also dubbed the "Mule Capitol of the World" and a week long-festival called Mule Days has been held since 1969 on the week of Memorial Day, celebrating the contributions of Pack-Mules to the area.

Bishop was the home of photographer Galen Rowell, and his wife Barbara, before their untimely death at the Bishop Airport.

Geography

Bishop lies at the northern end of the Owens Valley. U.S. Highway 395 runs through the town. Bishop is also the western terminus of U.S. Highway 6. The Paiute tribe controls land just north of the town.

Bishop is immediately to the east of the Sierra Nevada. Numerous peaks are within a short distance of Bishop, including Mount Humphreys, the tallest peak in the region.


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