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Located in the stark landscape of Eastern California's Owens Valley, Bishop is situated between two of the highest mountain ranges of the contiguous United States. Native Americans had been in the region since antiquity, and white settlers began to filter in after many battles with the Paiutes and Shoshones. Bishop was named after Sam Bishop, who drove cattle into the area and settled along Bishop Creek. Many more farmers and ranchers followed. To the south, Los Angeles was growing too, tapping the Owens River for a gravity-fed aqueduct for its residents; thus began the Los Angeles–Owens Valley Water Conflict.
ISBN: 9780738581835
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 179
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Pam Vaughan is a retired history teacher and photo curator of the Laws Railroad Museum, just outside Bishop. Coauthor Brendan Vaughan has recently worked in an educational setting with Native Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Using photographs mostly from the extensive archives of the Laws Museum, this volume of early images shows Bishop's journey from cattle ranching to a modern city that stays true to its Western roots.
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