In 1936 a fire burned the town’s only hotel to the ground (boring). Next was typhoid (a little more interesting), followed by Mormon crickets (oldie but a goody), and the real death to any western town years of drought.
Bishop Hot Springs is about halfway up the same road- a road with its own sense of humor. It is drivable but you will need a high clearance vehicle & 4-wheel-drive. Personally, I also needed a beer; that’s okay because I wasn’t driving. You have to cross the creek several times it can get muddy & of course what goes well with rough and muddy? Steep & narrow!. In sections anyway. Like I said, totally driveable.
Okay, let's talk about Bishop Hot Springs. Big, plenty of room, clean- no trash!, good water, no sulfury smell, perfect temperature (hot bathwater), nice people but not too many nice people, lots of off leash dogs, great for families (which should read wide-open not very private), evidence that it gets buggy and definitely watch out for thistles and goat heat thrones.
Historical rumor (I say this because it sounds fishy but I'm not bothering to look it up to prove it one way or another) is that the dam was built from brick remnants of the 1906
San Francisco earthquake.
Now usually a working dam is helpful to a water-starved town but a downstream water dispute with a town 200 miles away drastically restricted the town’s access/use of the water. In the end, there was simply was not enough water to farm with. The town dried up and faded away.
So that is Metropolis and Bishop Hot Springs. Perfect Easter day tripping (owl eggs).
Get better soon, Little Mouse!
SLC, Utah to Wells, Nevada and back.