Early Bishop - 2
(Samuel Addison Bishop, pictured)

Samuel Addison Bishop came to Owens Valley during the summer of 1861 after a 51 day trip from Fort Tejon. He made his camp at a location a short distance west and south of the present city of Bishop and later built a house at that location. He named his holdings the "San Francis Ranch." He was a Virginian, born in 1825; a California Forty-Niner; judge at Fort Tejon; and, partner of General Beale in the cattle business. His residence in Bishop was of a comparatively short duration and his closing years were spent in San Jose. Bishop Creek is also named after him.

All pictures and text on this page from "100 Years of Real Living" by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, 1961, unless otherwise noted.
Thanks to Rich McCutchan for loaning me the out of date publication.


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 Chronological History of Owens Valley
by Al Gagnon



 
generator


An armature for one of the first generators in California Electric Power Company's Bishop Creek hydroelectric system being hauled by a 20 mule team.
(Calectric collection)

 redwood




Laborers at work on a redwood flowline which carried water from Bishop Creek to Plant #2. This picture was taken while the plant was still under construction.
(Calectric collection)

 oxen



Oxen being used in the logging operations at Sawmill Meadows west of Benton near Adobe Valley. The logs were used to provide timber for the mines located at Blind Springs Hill and elsewhere in Owens Valley .
(Douglas Robinson collection)
 owens valley






Inyo County map from the late 'teens and early 'twenties, before there was any U.S. Highway 395 on the western side of the valley. A time when names such as Poleta, Biglow, Black Canyon, Alvord, Elna, Citrus, Francis, and Owenyo actually meant something more than just a ghost of the past.
 



 pony express
clark


Rev. Andrew Clark: The first minister in Bishop. Andrew was born in Allegheny County, PA on July 14, 1832. During the Civil War he fought for the Union during the battle of Shiloh. In 1865 Andrew moved his family, by covered wagon to Owens Valley. He organized the first church society, the Baptist church, of any kind east of the Sierra Nevada in January of 1869. His long missionary trips north and south of Bishop originated the term "Gospel Swamp."



bank
Interior view of the Inyo County Bank (the "Watterson Brothers Bank").
[L to R]: Mark Q. Watterson, W.W. Watterson, A.D. Schively.

(Fred Steuttig collection)

chalfant
Willie (Bill) A. Chalfant .
(Elma Crosby collection)



hotel




The Valley View Hotel in Bishop.



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Photocards courtesy of Rich McCutchan

main street bishop
Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Mount Tom - Bishop, CA

ellis motors

Ellis Motors - Bishop, CA

owens valley drug company

Owens Valley Drug Company - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

bishop
Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA - 1915

first national bank
First National Bank - Bishop, CA

Sierra Mill
Sierra Mill - Bishop, CA

ME Church
M. E. Church - Bishop, CA

apiary
Apiary - Bishop, CA

hauling wool

Hauling wool to the C. and C. Railroad in Laws, CA - Bishop, CA
L/R: John Barlow, Ben Barlow, Arthur Barlow, Algie Barlow, Dan Rupp, Bob Gish

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Rodeo - Bishop, CA

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Harold Cline on "High Jacker" at the Rodeo - Bishop, CA

tom mix

Tom Mix at the Rodeo - Bishop, CA

wilfred cline

Wilfred Cline on "I Be Dam" at the Rodeo - Bishop, CA

hauling hay
Hauling hay - Bishop, CA

rowan's thresher
Rowan's Thresher - Bishop, CA

binding grain
Cutting and binding grain - Bishop, CA

hay stack
Stacks of hay - Bishop, CA

hay harvesting

Cutting and bailing hay - Bishop, CA

hay bailing
Cutting and bailing hay - Bishop, CA

hay derrick
Moving hay derrick on the Watterson Ranch - Bishop, CA

hay tractor
Threasher tractor - Bishop, CA

hay cutters
Hay mowers - Bishop, CA

bishop
Main Street - Bishop, CA

bulpit residence
Fred Bulpit's home - Bishop, CA

hauling something

20-mule team hauling something a dynamo - Bishop, CA - March 1915
There are also four mules at the rear pushing the dynamo!

20 animal team
20-mule team hauling something a dynamo - Bishop, CA - March 1915
There are also four mules at the rear pushing the dynamo!
bishop stagecoach
Stagecoach in Bishop, CA

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Uncle George Dorn in the buckboard - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA
bishop
Main Street - Bishop, CA

bishop

Main Street - Bishop, CA

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Splitting wood - Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA - 1908

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Bishop, CA - 1914

herding sheep
Herding 3,000 sheep down Main Street - Bishop, CA

shearing sheep
Shearing sheep - Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA - 1874

bishop flood
The great flood of 1914 - Bishop, CA

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Jenks Autoline, high water - Bishop, CA

bishop flood

The great flood of 1914 - Bishop, CA

bishop flood
The great flood of 1914 - Bishop, CA


Rainbow Club 2nd annual trout banquet, 1922 - Bishop, CA

rainbow club
Raibow Club of Bishop, CA

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Main Street - Bishop, CA

chicken ranch
Smith - McQueen Chicken Ranch - Bishop, CA

septic tanks
Castner System of Septic Tanks - Bishop, CA
septic tanks
Castner System of Septic Tanks - Bishop, CA

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East Line and north Main Street - Bishop, CA - 1917

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Hauling grain to market - Bishop, CA

andrews camp
Women fishing at Andrews Camp - Bishop, CA

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Main Street before 1917 - Bishop, CA

bi-plane
Christopherson Tractor Bi-Plane - Bishop, CA

ready for flight
Christopherson getting ready for his flight from Bishop to Lone Pine - Bishop, CA

bishop union high school
Bishop Union High School - Bishop, CA

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Bishop, CA residents

bishop

Main Street - Bishop, CA

forbes residence
P.W. Forbes - Bishop, CA

branding
Branding cattle - Bishop, CA

roping steers
Roping steers during cattle branding - Bishop, CA

chalfant
W. A. Chalfant - Bishop, CA - circa 1907

mary forbes
Mary Forbes - Bishop, CA

bishop
Main Street - Bishop, CA

hotel istalia
Hotel Istalia - Bishop, CA

mother edgar
Mother Edgar and her "driving horse" - Bishop, CA - 1918

spray kinney
Spray Kinney - Bishop, CA

bishop
Bishop, CA

grain
Hauling grain to market - Bishop, CA

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The Carson & Colorado Railroad in Owens Valley

 

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