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History & History-related items

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Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Bishop is approximately 3,475 (1990), 3879 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,779 (1990), 1748 (2010).
The amount of land area in Bishop is 4.534 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Bishop to Washington DC is 2349 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 190 miles. (as the crow flies)
Bishop is positioned 37.36 degrees north of the equator and 118.39 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Bishop elevation is 4,147 feet above sea level.


in eastern California, in the Sierra Nevadas.
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History & History Related Items

The area where Bishop is located is known as the Owens Valley, named for Richard Owens, a member of Fremont's 1845 expedition. Cattlemen, driving their stock through the Sierra Nevadas happened through this area and decided it would be a good place to raise their livestock without having to drive them through the mountains. One of the first to do so was Samuel Addison Bishop and his family. They arrived on 22 August 1861 with around 600 head of cattle and 50 horses. Others followed and soon there was a market to sell the meat to the mining camps, such as Aurora. Sheep were also brought in by others. Even though the Bishop family didn't stay here, the area continued to grow and was named Bishop Creek. For a time there was trouble between the white settlers and the local Indians who viewed cattle as wild game. After some of the stock were killed, a small war broke out. Fighting continued until soldiers arrived in 1862. Sporatic skirmishes continued for a couple of more years. Bishop Creek continued to supply beef to many towns in the eastern Sierras. In 1889, the Creek was dropped, creating the name of Bishop for the community. For much more history and some historical photos, please go to this history page for Bishop.
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Home of the famous Mule Days and the Tri-County Fair

Mule Days Celebration
1141 N Main St
Bishop, CA 93514-2409
Phone: 760-872-4263

Laws Railroad Museum
4.5 mils east of Bishop on u.S. Route 6 at Silver Canyon Road
Phone: 760-873-5950
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Bishop City Government

Bishop City Clerk
377 W Line St
Bishop, CA 93514-3412
Phone: 760-873-5863

Bishop Chamber

Bishop Area Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce
690 N. Main Street
Bishop, CA 93514
Phone: (760) 873-8405

Bishop Organizations

Bishop Area Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce
690 N. Main Street
Bishop, CA 93514
Phone: (760) 873-8405

Bishop Libraries

Inyo County Library
210 Academy St
Bishop, CA 93514-2602
Phone: 760-873-5115

Bishop Schools

Bishop Union District Office
301 N Fowler St
Bishop, CA 93514-2609
Phone: 760-872-3680

Bishop Union Elememtary School District
800 W Elm St
Bishop, CA 93514-2523
Phone: 760-872-1060

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