Formerly known as Bishop Creek, this is the largest city in the Californian county of Inyo. It was originally named after Bishop Creek, which in turn was named after Samuel Addison Bishop, an Owens Valley settler. Its elevation and proximity to the Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains make this place an attractive destination for rock climbers from all over the world. Mount Humphreys, White Mountain Peak, and Mount Tom are all accessible from there. Other notable locations include Erick Schat’s Bakkery, Paiute Indian Reservation, Laws Rail Museum and Mountain Light Gallery.
In addition to this, the city is recognized as the mule capital of the world, and the Mule Days festival has taken place In Bishop Creek since 1969 during the week of Memorial Day. It is the largest non-motorized parade in the US, and it also includes competitions. The parade is held on Saturday morning before Memorial Day. Most participants are from California, although entries from Idaho, Nevada, Iowa, Arizona, Oregon and Utah have also participated. Competitions include barrel racing, calf roping, steer stopping, cow penning, flat racing, carriage driving and the unique packing scramble.