“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bishop in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Old Inyo County Jailhouse

The Old Inyo County Jailhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
June 22, 2019
1. The Old Inyo County Jailhouse Marker
Inscription.  The early days of Inyo County presented many challenges to the original settlers, particularly for peacekeepers. The first sheriff, W.A. Greenly, served only one year. Many officials served only one or two years before resigning. Territorial and mining claims were often disputed. There are many reports of shootings, robberies, and drunken brawls in the townships. Many crimes went unreported because of the great distance the sheriff had to travel. From 1866 to as recently as the mid-1950's, the sheriff deputized local civic-minded citizens. Training was non-existent, or on the job. Almost all of these deputies were farmers, ranchers, business owners and... miners. They were the sheepdogs of their communities, and responded when called upon without hesitation. In 1870, John B Clarke donated land on which the building you see was constructed. The building was enlarged as the population increased. It housed the Justice court, City Police, Inyo County Sheriff, Tax Collector and jail cells. The old jail cell windows are still intact on the north side of the building. The original brickwork and additions can be see on the south side.
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2019 by Slim Princess Chapter #395 - E Clampus Vitus and Inyo County Sheriffs Office.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 37° 21.586′ N, 118° 23.726′ W. Marker is in Bishop, California, in Inyo County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (U.S. 395) and Lagoon Street, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 307 S Main St, Bishop CA 93514, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of "Dangerous Arrest" (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ernest Kinney Teamster Family Mural (approx. Ό mile away); The Little Kittie Inn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Whiskey Creek History (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slim Princess (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Atlas Copco Mucker" (approx. half a mile away); The Mule (approx. 0.9 miles away); Project Sierra Wave (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bishop.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2022. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on June 28, 2022. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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