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Aerial view of Bishop, California, looking west across the Owens Valley towards Bishop and the mountain of the Sierra Nevada. The Owens River can be seen, snaking along the valley floor. The Pleasant Valley Reservoir is in the right center of the photograph. Bishop Creek is the black line creeping out from the Sierra Nevada in the left center of the photograph. Inscription on bottom of photograph: "BISHOP - LOOKING WEST." Title supplied by cataloger. Located in the northern end of the one hundred mile long Owens Valley, Bishop, California, is named after Samuel A. Bishop, one of the earliest Anglo-American settlers there (1861). Bishop came to the valley after driving several hundred head of cattle from Fort Tejon to sell to miners working claims in the surrounding mountains. Originally known as Bishop Creek for the creek on which the original settlement grew, the Bishop Creek area provided beef and mutton for such mining towns as Aurora, Nevada, and Bodie, California. By 1864, Bishop Creek had a stage line; by 1883 the Carson and Colorado Railroad serviced the area. In 1889, Bishop Creek became Bishop, which incorporated in 1903. The purchase of farm and ranch land for the Los Angeles Aqueduct by the City of Los Angeles in the 1920s disrupted the local agrarian economy. Although agriculture persisted, Bishop's economy depended on tourism by the 1930s, which remains the economic mainstay of the town. In 2000, Bishop had a population of 3,575 people.
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
ov117 J. D. Black Papers, CSLA-15, Series 3: Photographs, Box 3, Sleeve 41 http://digitalcollections.lmu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/jdblack/id/111
Bishop (Calif.) Bishop Creek (Calif.) Pleasant Valley Reservoir (Calif.) Owens River (Calif.) Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)