1926 Bishop



All pictures and text on this page from the October 1991 issue of "The Album" by Jane Fisher
unless otherwise note.
Thanks to Rich McCutchan for loaning me his copies of "The Album"


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The infamous Watterson Bank

Watterson Bank

Watterson Bank

The Inyo County Bank stood on the northwest corner of Main and Academy Streets. Across the street was the "Watterson Hardware Store. The hard-tired, all purpose pickup truck was used by merchants all over town for many years. Here the Hardware Store is preparing to deliver sacks of coal to its many customers who used coal rather than the expensive wood for their stoves.
[photo - Ernie Kinney Collection]



 As I Saw It
(Sam Newlan: An Owens Valley Life)

by Iri Newlan





1926 Bishop

Looking south on Main Street at the Hotel Istalia in 1926. A couple of years after this photo was taken, the hotel was destroyed by fire. The space is now occupied by a Von's market.

[Ernie Kinney Collection photo]



The First National Bank building on the corner of Main and East Line streets. The store in the center, to the right of the sports runabout racer, became Detrick Drugstore. To the far left of the two Indian ladies on the curb is the new post office.

[Ernie Kinney Collection photo]


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Bishop - Circa 1920s

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Bishop - snowed in!
(Photo - Eastern California Museum)
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1920s Metro camera crew in Long Valley
(Photo courtesy Hal Eaton)

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1928 - Eaton Ranch in Long Valley
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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On the road in the 1920s
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle making the first feature film (The Round Up)
in Lone Pine just north of the Dow Villa Hotel on the El Camino Sierra - 1920
(Photo and text courtesy of Page Williams)

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This boy (born in 1920) posed as a cinematographer on his father's ranch though he preferred riding horses and hanging out with the cowboys in Long Valley. He came back years lagter as a physician reading x-rays and delivering babies in Mammoth, Crowley, Bishop, Lone Pine, and Tonapah. His first month in family practice he delivered 30 babies. Later he was the Inyo Mono County Health Officer.
(Text and Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Election Day Parade in Bishop. One of the signs reads - "We are the Men and Women of the Future - Give Us a Chance."
(Text and Photo courtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial)
(Eastern California Museum Collection )
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Hotel Istalia (circa 1920) - Bishop, CA
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Tobacco Flat cowboys - Long Valley
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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The El Camino Sierra from Big Pine to Bishop - early 1920s
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Bishop in the 1920s (?)
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)
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Quesso, Paiute Indian, circa 1920
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Owens River Canal Company Stock Certificate
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Bishop
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Movie making on the Eaton Ranch in Long Valley - mid 1920s
(Text and Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)


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Helen Eaton Armstrong held an event to raise money for the local Paiutes (1930s) and attract tourists as work on the ranches diminished. Whitmore was a real hot springs up until the 1960s.

(Text and Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)
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The "Big Flood" of 1936

(Curtis Phillips photo)


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Somewhere in Long Valley, perhaps Whitmore
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Crooked Creek Canyon in Long Valley - 1904
[W.T. Lee Collection at USGS]
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Heading back up to Long Valley though, though running late. In the end Fred Eaton was right about the dam not leaking, and Mulholland well that is another story. The old engineer's saying "you pay me now, or you pay me later--but it will cost a whole lot more." Our grandfather, Harold, the secret agent in the Owens Valley got his cattle ranch, never went back to complete one semester for his Stanford engineering degree, living his life as a cattleman and developer in the Eastern Sierra. His foresight in land and water rights enabled not only the modern City of Los Angeles but also helped his descendants to go to Stanford and the UCs and grow-up in the Eastern Sierra.

(Text and Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)
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Bishop
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)


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Paiute mothers "Baby Show"
(Harry W. Mendenhall photo)
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Parade in downtown Bishop

(Curtis Phillips photo)


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American Legion 40 and 8 train of Bishop, CA.
The "train" used to be parked behind GF Bulpitt Part. It was used in parades and at special times like Christmas to take kids out to the airport to see Santa, It was driven like a regular engine on roads.
Voiture is the French word for car.
(Inyo County sesquicentennial photo)
(Text courtesy of Diane WIlliams )

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