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Bishop - Circa 1912
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Bishop - Circa 1924

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Valley View Hotel and Main Street Bishop

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Hotel Istalia and Main Street Bishop

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Bishop Grammar School

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Leather postcard from Bishop - Circa 1906

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Leather postcard from Bishop - Circa 1906

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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First National building Bishop, CA

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Melinda's Pack Train, Bishop Creek, Bishop, CA - early 1880's

Owens Valley and the Paiutes and Shoshones who lived there remained undisturbed for over 300 years after Cabrillo discovered California in 1542. The massive Sierra was an effective barricade between the Valley and Spaish missions and ranchos to the west Even the Gold Rush passed it by. But the discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 sparked a new rush that changed the Valley forever. Hundreds raced across the Sierra to prospect its eastern slope and the desert ranges beyond. Right behind came the packers, teamsters, cattlemen, merchants, and farmers to supply them.

Melinda's Pack train stands in front of the Frank andrews general store on the east side of North Main Street. Left, Dutch John's "Blacksmithing and Wagonmaking." Pack trains were long a familiar sight in Valley towns, for much of the bordering country is too rough and steep for wagons.
Laws Railroad Museum Photo
1975 Genny Smith
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Bishop CreekHarvest Festival , Bishop, CA - about 1886

In 1859 L.R. Ketcham of Visalia drove the first cattle into Owens Valley, hoping to sell them at the Mono Diggings. Others drove stock through the Valley headed for the Nevada boom town of Aurora. During the terrible California drought of 1862 - 1864, a few stockmen brought their starving herds to the Valley's grasslands. Some of those passing through decided Owens Valley was a good place to settle. The word spread to others; land for the asking, streams brimming with water, boom towns begging for supplies.

This photo may be on of the early Harvest Festivals, readying the horses for the parade down Main Street. Owens Valley was noted for fine horses - work horses, race horses, driving, trotting, pack, and saddle horses.

Eastern California Museum photo.
1975 Genny Smith


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Bishop Union High School - Bishop, CA

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Kittie Lee Inn - Bishop, CA

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East side of south Main Street Bishop, CA

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Castner System of Septic Tanks - Bishop, CA

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Bishop, CA

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Winter in Bishop, CA

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Sunland Improvement Club - Bishop, CA

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Harvest Festival truck - Bishop, CA - circa 1913




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Main Street Bishop, CA


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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Istalia Hotel - Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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West Line Street - Bishop, CA

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Hotel Istalia - Bishop, CA

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Christopher Tractor Biplane - Bishop, CA - Circa 1914

THEIR FLYING MACHINES
Silas Christofferson's 1914 three-place tractor biplane being "tuned up" near Lone Pine, Inyo County, California, in preparation for his historic flight over Mount Whitney (elev: 14,494'). Powered by a 100 h.p. Hall-Scott motor with a cruise speed of +60 mph, the 1914 had a span of 39 ft and was fitted with distinctive tricycle gear. Starting from the Owens Valley, and carrying a camera to capture a few aerial snap-shots, Christofferson crossed the highest point in the lower 48 states at an altitude of roughly 16,000 ft (4877 m) on 25 June 1914. According to some sources the flight had set the world's altitude record - however doubtful considering feats achieved by European aviators of the day. Nevertheless, the "official" American altitude record was set later that summer in Overland Park, Kansas, when on 6 August, Pennsylvania native DeLloyd Thompson flew his Gyro 80 tractor motor Day aeroplane to a dizzying height of 15,256 ft. Although the only 1914 Tractor produced was unsuccessful at the 1914 San Diego military trials, the Christofferson Aircraft Mfg. Co. 1915 Tractor, a V-8 Sturtevant-powered, 47 ft span biplane, based on the Christofferson 1914, prompted orders from the Mexican constitutionalist armies. Quantities delivered are uncertain, but it is recorded that several Christofferson biplanes were in the inventory of the Flotilla Aerea Constitucionalista, - later formed into the Arma de Aviacion Militar del Ejercito Constitucionalista (05 Feb 1915). Silas Christofferson was killed in flying accident on 31 Oct 1916.

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Above photo and text courtesy of Their Flying Machines


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Inyo County Fair - Bishop, CA - Circa 1908
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Public School - Bishop, CA

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Keough's City Market - Bishop, CA

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Grammar School - Bishop, CA

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Grammar School Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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32 mule team hauling mining equipment - Bishop, CA

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M.E. Church - Bishop, CA

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3000 Sheep - Bishop, CA

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Bishop, CA

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Bishop, CA

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Hotel Istalia - Bishop, CA

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Hotel Istalia - Bishop, CA

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Harvest Festival truck - Bishop, CA - circa 1913

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Methodist Church - Bishop, CA

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Christian Science Church - Bishop, CA

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Tungsten Mine - Bishop, CA







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Mt. Tom and West Bishop Road - Bishop, CA
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Bishop, CA

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Indian School - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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The American Legion Memorial - Bishop, CA

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Bishop, CA

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First National Bank - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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West Line Street - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Kittie Lee Inn - Bishop, CA

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High School - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Bishop Consolidated Grammar School - Bishop, CA





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