The City of Bishop has been named one of the â€śTop 10; The Prettiest, Coolest, Most Charming Main Streets in the U.S.â€ť by stayonroute6.blogspot.com and travel writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen. Yolen-Cohen highlights Bishop as a place to see murals such as the mining-themed mural in Talmage Park. File photo
Self-proclaimed travel writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen has named Bishop one of the Top 10 cities to visit along U.S. 6, the nationâ€™s longest federal contiguous highway, on her blogspot â€śStay on Route 6.â€ť
But it is not the areaâ€™s well-known fishing, hiking, climbing or adventure trail systems that caught the eye of Yolen-Cohen; it was Bishopâ€™s advertised history, its story-telling with pictures on local businessâ€™ walls, that earned the city a ninth-place ranking.
â€śItâ€™s all about the murals in this small, adorable Eastern Sierra Mountain town,â€ť Yolen-Cohen writes on http://stayonroute6.blogspot.com.
Yolen-Cohen, who recently finished a six-week, 14-state journey on the mostly two-lane route, was in Bishop in June 2011 at the conclusion of her coast-to-coast sojourn. At the time, she said she planned on penning a book of her adventures, â€śSix Weeks on Six,â€ť due out February 2012. She kept an ongoing record of her experiences on her â€śStay on Route 6â€ť blog. A blog is basically a collection of journal entries published on the Internet.
Susanne Olson of the Bishop Mural Society said the Route 6 Association notified the society that it had recommended Yolen-Cohen visit Bishop and check out the murals. Olson and fellow society member Patty Holton said the highlight of the townâ€™s murals was happenstance. Olson explained Yolen-Cohen was only in town an hour or so and the society was one of the only groups available at the time to answer requests for a tour of any kind of the city. Yolen-Cohen came into town the same time the society was finishing up its nature mural on the outside of the Bishop library. The writer did not come here for murals alone, but was evidently quite impressed with the local work.
Holton said Yolen-Cohen said she wished she had more time to spend in Bishop.
Yolen-Cohenâ€™s blogspot is now filling up with â€śtop 10â€ť and â€śbest ofâ€ť lists of restaurants, attractions and friendly atmospheres along the 3,652-mile byway from Provincetown, Mass. to Bishop.
Her latest list is the â€śTop 10; The Prettiest, Coolest, Most Charming Main Streets in the US (On US Route 6).â€ť
The list also provides Yolen-Cohenâ€™s own rating system in a variety of categories. Number one on the list is Provincetown, Mass., with a â€śFun Factorâ€ť that is â€śOff the Charts.â€ť
Newtown, Conn. earned a â€śPatriotic Ratingâ€ť of five out of five stars. Wellsboro, Penn. had a â€śCharm Factorâ€ť of â€śWay Up There.â€ť Vermillion, Ohio, although in the Midwest, scored high on the water scale: â€śNautical Rating: Unexpectedly High.â€ť Iowa City, Iowa got a prestigious â€śSophistication Ratingâ€ť of â€śBrilliant But Unpretentious.â€ť Number six on the list was Ashland, Neb. with a â€śTourist Magnet Ratingâ€ť of â€śHigh and Growing.â€ť Golden, Colo. and its â€śHowdy Yâ€™all Factorâ€ť of 10 out of 10 â€śGallon Hatsâ€ť got the number seven position and Grand Junction, Colo. won for its â€śMain Street Aestheticâ€ť of â€śVery Fine.â€ť Bishopâ€™s claim to fame was its â€śArtistic Factorâ€ť of â€śImpressive.â€ť
While the official route extended to Long Beach from 1937-1964, Route 6 now officially starts at Wye Road in Bishop. However, Yolen-Cohen included Lancaster as number 10 for its â€śReinvention Factorâ€ť of â€śLofty.â€ť
Holton said she is taking pre-orders for Yolen-Cohenâ€™s book, â€śSix Weeks on Six,â€ť at email@example.com or by phone at (760) 938-2460.
For more on Yolen-Cohenâ€™s adventures, go to http://stayonroute6.blogspot.com.