Josephine Stephens Bishop

Josephine Stephens Bishop (HMY8I)

Location: Mojave, CA 93501 Kern County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 18.049', W 118° 0.11'

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"Josie" was born on June 18, 1875 in Silver City, New Mexico to Harvey and Harriet Whitehall. At 19 years old, she taught school in Pinos Altos, New Mexico. She married Herbert Hall Bishop on March 4, 1896, bearing him seven children. The Bishops moved around the country for several years, finally separating in 1920. While living in Long Beach, Josie began her short acting career and mined this area for gold and silver. After acquiring numerous claims, Josie finally hit pay dirt in 1937 by discovering the richest Radium deposit known at the time. The media gave her the name, "Radium Queen of the Desert" and Josie's fame spread worldwide. As a representative of Kern County and the mining industry, she toured the nation, appearing on various radio shows and in many publications. The only wealth she ever got from her big strike was fifty dollars. Josie Bishop died in an auto accident on July 12, 1951. She is buried at her claim, approximately five miles North of this spot.
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HM NumberHMY8I
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
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Marker Number89
Year Placed1998
Placed ByPeter Lebeck Chapter No. 1866, Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, Slim Princess Chapter No. 395, E Clampus Vitus
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 11:49am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 408915 N 3906863
Decimal Degrees35.30081667, -118.00183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 18.049', W 118° 0.11'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 18' 2.94" N, 118° 0' 6.60" W
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Area Code(s)661, 760
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 28111 Jawbone Canyon Rd, Mojave CA 93501, US
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