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    Pine Creek Mine Marker

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 28, 2009

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    West of this spot, gold was discovered in the Pine Creek drainage by Civil War veterans. It was not until April, 1916, when tungsten was discovered by four men: O.E. Vaughn, A.E. & C.C. Beauregard, and James Sproul on their claims, Blizzard 1, 2, 3 and 4, high on the mountain. Years of development and production went by and the mine was acquired by U.S. Vanadium, a division of Union Carbide Corp., on May 14, 1936. After more development, this mine became the world's largest tungsten mine and is now known as the "Mine in the Sky".

    Dedicated June 27, 1987
    E Clampus Vitus
    Slim Princess No. 395

    Marker is on Highway 395 next to a wonderful vista point pullout.

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    Kittie Lee Inn 1924 Mural

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    Kittie Lee Inn 1924
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    This wonderful mural is painted on the side of Whiskey Creek Restaurant, which was the original site of a popular inn that many Hollywood stars frequented. Painted by Robert Thomas, John Knowlton and Rich Perkins.

    The second half of the mural is dedicated to some local Bishop Mural Society members William Whorff, Mazle Whorff, and Sam Walker

    Please check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
    690 N. Main Street, Bishop , CA 93514

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    The Ernest Kinney Teamster Family Mural

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 28, 2009

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    Power Plant and Teaming 1904-05
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    The mural depicting 1860 timber operations by the first settlers in Owens Valley, 1905 22 animal team hauling a generator to plant tree, packing mules at Champion Spark Plug Mine. Painting by Robert Thomas, John Knowlton, Kathy Sexton and Marilyn Hayden.

    Please check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
    690 N. Main Street, Bishop , CA 93514

    When I was trying to take pictures of the mural, and since it is located on a bank, I was in the process of capturing the middle mural when a young gentleman pulled up right into the spot I need to get a good shot. Bless his heart, he wanted to move his truck, I told him no it was fine, he said if I wanted to stand on his hood to get the shot I could...RLOL! That is hometown hospitality.

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    Bishop’s Pine Creek Mine Mural

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    This mural is dedicated to the Large Pine Creek Tungsten Mine and the Champion Sparkplug Mines. The Pine Creek mine is closed, but still exists. The gentleman in the circle image is a former miner who is now the caretake there and has worked at the mine for over 40 years. The Sparkplug mine once produced the raw material for ceramics used to make sparks plug insulators.

    Please check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
    690 N. Main Street, Bishop , CA 93514

    There is a wonderful memorial stone dedicated to:

    The Greatest Freedom Ever Known "America"
    Talmage Park
    In Memory Of
    Donald H. Talmage
    For Dedicated Service To The
    City Of Bishop
    Councilman 1982-1986 Mayor 1986

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    Historical Walking Tour~

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    McNally House 1903

    Bishop has many wonderful historical buildings. To fully enjoy them check with the Chamber of Commerce to get a historical walking tour map. Many of the homes are private residence, so respect their privacy.

    Please check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
    690 N. Main Street, Bishop , CA 93514

    Historic Walking Tour Pamphlet

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    Dangerous Arrest - 1887 Mural

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    The mural "Old West" event from the Bishop's early years. Painted by Kathy Sexton, Rich Perkins, Jenna Morgenstein, John Knowlton and Mary Gipson Knowlton.

    Please check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
    690 N. Main Street, Bishop , CA 93514

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    Bishop Creek Recreational Area

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    Bishop Creek recreation area is a vast area where any nature lover can enjoy. There is a vast array of camping, RVing, hiking, biking, fishing, or just sitting a taking in the beauty.

    Please check with the individual parks because times or fees may have changed.

    CAMP GROUNDS

    Check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
    10 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
    10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday

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    Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Burea

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    These places are a wealth of information of all the areas activities such as recreation, events, lodging and camping, souvenirs, books and maps. They are open seven days a week, year round.

    10 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
    10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

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    Spring near Bishop

    by JLBG Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    Bishop and the plain around stand at an elevation of about 1,300 meters (4,200 feet). The landscape around Bishop is outstanding with on the east the high range of the Sierra Nevada. We had not enough time for any hiking as we were just on our way but hikes are a great many.

    Numerous peaks are within a short distance of Bishop, including Mount Humphreys, 4,263 meters (13,986 feet), White Mountain Peak, 4341 meters (14,242 feet), northeast. I feel that the tallest mountain on photo 1 might be Mount Humphreys. Photo 2 is a close up on the same peak.

    Actually, as stated by Bishopweb, Bishop is a center for “camping, hiking, hunting, climbing, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, 4-wheel excursions, winter sports”. We will have to come back!

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    FIRST STOP...VISITORS CENTER

    by travelgourmet Updated Dec 21, 2010

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    Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
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    Arriving in Bishop, California, the first stop should be the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on Hwy 395. Sitting next to a creek, the A frame building houses all the information and maps you will need to get a full appreciation of this part of California's history and beauty. It is well worth the time spent before heading out and about Bishop.
    One of the friendly faces that greeted me inside the A frame, filled me with enthusiastic facts about the area. I left knowing I was going to enjoy my stay in the Bishop area with more to see than I imagined.

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    Mule Capital of the World !

    by JLBG Written Feb 10, 2009

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    Cows grazing the Sagebrush steppe
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    Bishop may be the Mule Capital of the World but we were not fortunate enough to spot any of them when driving road 395! On several occasions, cows looked at us in an unwelcoming way! Obviously, they knew that was THEIR home and that no intruder should disturb them from grazing the tufts of grayish shrubs.

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    Sagebrush steppe

    by JLBG Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    Sagebrush
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    Sagebrush steppe (photo 3) covers large areas of the western periphery of the Great basin and provides it’s special aspects. The main plant in Sagebrush steppe is Artemisia tridentata, also called sagebrush, common sagebrush, big sagebrush, blue sagebrush or mountain sagebrush. Sagebrush has a strong pungent fragrance, not unpleasant. Photo 1 and 2 show a Sage brush. Sagebrush provides an important habitat for the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). We were lucky to view one Sage-Grouse from a few meters but it flew away before I was able to take a photo.

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    FALL COLOR IN BISHOP AREA

    by travelgourmet Updated Dec 21, 2010

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    Brilliant Yellow
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    Bishop has perhaps the most cottonwood and aspen trees I have ever seen. Late September to the end of October and these trees turn to gold.

    Entering Bishop on Hwy 395 during this time frame and the leaves are gold. Gold in town, for the shops get the tourists and the tourist dollar. The gold of the trees brings in tourists with every type, size, and shape of camera to record for all time these autumn leaves of gold.

    Take Hwy 168 from Hwy 395 to Lake Sabrina in September to early October for the yellowing of trees.

    Closer in, off the Bishop Creek and side roads off West Line Street till the end of October and reds and yellows are still in sight. Hwy 395 , north of Bishop, to Convict Lake, before Mammoth Lakes, and north of Mammoth on Hwy 395 to the June Lake Loop Road past Grant Lake has some brilliant displays of Aspen in all colors till late October, as well.

    So see you in September, Bishop, when the falling leaves of gold are still on the limb.

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    Bishop Pass

    by mtncorg Updated May 6, 2003

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    Bishop Lake and Mt Goode, north of Bishop Pass

    Outdoor activities are what brings most people to the Bishop area - whether it is hiking in the Sierra - or Whites - or fishing in the Sierran lakes and streams.

    Two main wilderness portals lie about 17 miles west of Bishop at the end of California route 168: North Lake and South Lake. From South Lake, starts the Bishop Pass trail, one of the busiest portals to some of the highest areas in the Sierra. From here, many like to start backpacking ventures to as far away as Mt Whitney, many miles a more than one week to the south. The hike up the pass covers about 5 miles, going from 9760 feet high to almost 11900 feet. You pass several gleaming lakes that invite you to stop. Atop the pass lies the barren Dusy Basin and the backside of the towering peaks of the Palisades.

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    Piute Pass

    by mtncorg Written May 6, 2003

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    Piute Lake from Piute Pass, 11400 feet

    Just before the end of CA route 168 out of Bishop, you will see a sign for North Lake. There is a campground at the end of the road and a trailhead. This trail heads over Piute Pass in about 5 miles going from 9369 feet to over 11400 feet. There are several lakes in the upper reaches of the canyon for fishermen. Backcountry enthusiasts will find Piute Pass to be a doorway to wide-open barren landscapes of Desolation Basin and the adventurous off-trail route looping back to the roadend via the Keyhole (or Alpine Col) - Darwin Canyon and the Lamarck Col.

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