Welcome to Bishop, California!

The City of Bishop in Inyo County, California was named for one of the first white settlers in the area, Samuel A. Bishop. Owens Lake was named for Richard Owens a member of John C. Fremont's 1845 exploration party which included Kit Carson and Ed Kern. Later the entire valley became known as The Owens Valley (see First Settlers below). The Paiute Indians called Owens Lake by the name of "Pacheta" and the Owens River" Wakopee."

In size, Inyo County is today the second largest county in California with a population of slightly over 17,000 residents. The county is so big that several eastern states put together would fit neatly within its' boundaries. Inyo County contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States; Mt. Whitney, 14,496 feet above sea level, and Badwater in Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level. A difference of nearly 15,000 feet.

Additional Information
City of Bishop
Chamber of Commerce
Bus Service
Nearest Air Service

Local Media
The Inyo Register
Mammoth Times
The Sheet
Sierra Reader
El Sol de la Sierra
KMMT Radio
KIBS Radio

Area Schools
Round Valley Joint Elementary School
Bishop Joint Union High School District
Bishop Unified School District
Cerro Coso Community College

Entertainment and Attractions
Mammoth Lakes
Rock Climbing
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine
Mule Days
Inyo Council for the Arts
Playhouse 395
Millpond Music Festival

Real Estate
Coldwell Banker
Eastern Sierra Realty

U.S. Census Bureau