Millpond Recreation Area is one of Bishop’s best kept secrets. It is a wonderful area that includes a baseball field, two playgrounds, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, lots of open grassy areas, and the pond, which has good swimming access, fishing, as well as a...
This is a lightly used country road cuts across the old Owens River flood plain between US-395 and the base of the White Mountains. Along the banks where the bridge crosses the river there are numerous places to turn out to fish and wade in the cool waters of the...
Just north of Bishop a 300-foot-high bluff stretches for 5-miles across the northern Owens Valley. Known as Chalk Bluff, this impressive escarpment marks the southern end of the Volcanic Tablelands that were formed by a massive volcanic explosion about 760,000 years...
By John Pugh, 2002.
Inscribed with a land title, this layered core sample of Bishop earth represents a sedimentary survey of the town’s heritage. Digging down through the bullets, spurs, old keys, Bristlecone pine roots, and Paiute arrowheads, we see...
By Philip Slagter, 2003.
This portrait of long time resident Dr. Robert Denton is one of five colorful scenes depicting local people, traditional medicine from plants and an old-time soda fountain. 644 West Line St., Dwayne’s Friendly Pharmacy.
Where Highway 395 runs west of the old shoreline of the now dry Owens Lake, is a dirt road leading to the historical landmark that is the Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns. The kilns were built in the late 19th century to produce charcoal for the nearby mining operations, and...
By Philip Slagter, 2003.
This portrait of long time resident Dr. Robert Denton is one of five colorful scenes depicting local people, traditional medicine from plants and an old-time soda fountain.
644 West Line St., Dwayne’s Friendly...
By Bob Unkrich, John Knowlton, Barbel Williams & David Williams, 1997.
This mural was painted to “fool the eye” by matching the windows, awnings and siding of the adjacent building. Mural Society founder David Williams is pictured as in real life. 462 Rose...
By Janet Essley, 1998.
Since the 1850s, Basque sheepherders have trailed their flocks in the area. The shepherds taught their time-honored recipe for a thick-crusted, tasty bread to Bob and Louisa Schoch, the owners of the Bishop Bakery. The original...
By Janet Essley, 2005.
Starting in the 1870s, early settlers trapped the Owens River to irrigate fields and orchards in the remote valley and created, for a short time, one of the most productive agricultural areas in California. 789 Home St., inside Bishop...
Fishing is legal all year on the Owens River! The warm water fisheries on Rawson canal, that runs alongside the Owens river, are the perfect place for a quick fishing outing or family fun fishing day. Fishing in this series of beautifully maintained warm water ponds...
Dog Town was a name often given to mining camps where prospectors lived in miserable conditions. It is said that this town also got its name because of the many dogs that lived in the camp. Today little remains of the site except a single grave, the walls of a few...
By Richard Per-kins, John Knowlton, Kathy Sexton,
Jenna Morgenstein, Mary Gipson-Knowlton, 2000. This mural shows an “Old West” event that broke the peace and quiet of Bishop in 1887. 207 W. Line St., Bishop Police Station.
At 235 Market St. in Independence, CA Mary Austin and her husband, Stafford Wallace Austin, built a small house at the “end of the village street.” Here, in the heart of the Owens Valley, Mary Austin wrote her best known and classic work, The Land of Little Rain. It...
Pine Creek canyon is a spectacular example of a steep-sided glacial canyon. It is a deep, rock scoured canyon with a huge U-shaped cirque at the head of the canyon. The sides are bounded by high, steep walls and the mouth is bordered by glacial moraines. The road to...
By John Pugh, 2005.
The artist has graphically illustrated the piping of water from the Eastern Sierra. In this controversial piece, an agricultural Shangri La appears as a mural within a mural. This vision of the valley’s past derives from old paintings...
On buildings throughout Bishop the history of the Owens Valley is depicted on the exterior walls in the form of historically accurate and visually beautiful murals. A walk around town is a wonderful way to learn a little of its history from the beautiful murals that...
By Robert Thomas, John Knowlton Jenna Morgenstein, Rich Perkins, Tory Michener and J.T. Schmidt, 1999. Conceived by Er nest Kinney of Bishop, this mural is a triptych (three panels in one mural). The wall also incorporates trompe l’oiel (fool the eye) decoration to...
By Patricia Holton, Betty Cameron, Susanne Olson, Margaret Phelps,
Sara Steck, Coleen Randolph, Earl Gann, Carolyn Lynch & Carol Conner-Turner, 2011.
This natural history mural of ceramic tile and mosaic includes 237 species of Eastern Sierra flora and...
This deep body of water weaves down the narrow mouth of the Owens Gorge canyon. The walls rise several hundred feet above the lake and on calm days the water is mirror-like. The dam that created this reservoir was built in the 1950s by the Los Angeles Department of...
As professional Outfitter-guides, we offer you a variety of horseback and hiking vacations in the High Sierra. Gentle, well-mannered, and experienced, our mountain trail stock provides you comfortable riding with sure-footedness and good disposition in taking care of...
By John Knowlton, Mary Gipson-Knowlton, Kathy Sexton, Jenna Morgenstein and Pat Morgan, 2002.
The “Desert Padre,” Father John Crowley remains a legendary figure, recognized as the visionary leader who saw the potential for the region, and as a man of faith who...
By Robert Thomas, John Knowlton and Rich Perkins, 2000. The Kittie Lee Inn was built in 1924 at this location. It was the height of luxury during Hollywood’s heyday, and many celebrities stayed there. During WWII, the dining room was turned into a dorm for military...
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