BENTON

Benton is a small, rural, unincorporated Mono County located on the far eastern edge of the county about 32 miles north of Bishop on U.S. Highway 6.

Benton residents prize their wide-open views of both the Sierra to the west and the White Mountains to the east. The White Mountains, home of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, towers ten thousand feet above the community.

Formerly called Benton Station, Benton lies at an elevation of 5,387 feet. Benton’s population was 280 at the last U.S. Census.

Benton is comprised of residents who do most of their work and business in Bishop due to its close proximity to Benton, along with retirees. Benton is also the home of the Utu Utu Gwaitu Tribe, also called the Benton Paiute Tribe and the Benton Paiute Reservation.

Benton is also known as Benton Hot Springs because of the hot springs that well up beneath the community, feeding a small stream and pong, along with a renovated resort that once again bears this name.

Benton was once a small mining town with up to 5,000 inhabitants. Many of the original buildings still remain, as visitors and residents see on a drive through the town, where the old grocery store and gas station fronts still greet the modern day driver.

Benton is in the Eastern Sierra Unified School District, linked to the western edge of the county through this district. An elementary school, Edna Beaman Elementary, is located in town. Secondary and high school students are bused to Bishop for their education.


Emergency
Symons Ambulance
214 W Line Street
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-8904
http://www.symonsambulance.com

Fire
White Mountain Fire Protection District
24931 U.S. Highway 6
Benton, CA 93512
(760) 933-2252

Medical
Northern Inyo Hospital
150 Pioneer Lane
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-5811
http://www.nih.org

Utilities
Southern California Edison
(800) 655-4555

Education
Edna Beaman Elementary School
25541 U.S. Highway 6
Benton, CA 93512
760-933-2397
http://www.esusd.org

Home Street Middle School
201 Home Street
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 872-1381
http://www.hsms-bishop-ca.schoolloop.com

Bishop Union High School
301 North Fowler Street
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-4275
http://www.buhs-bishop-ca.schoolloop.com

Phone
Verizon: (800) 922-0204, www.verizon.com
AT&T: (800) 331-0500, https://www.att.com
Frontier Communications: 800-921-8101, www.frontier.com

Broadband
Schat.net: (760) 873-4377, http://www.schat.net
Race Communications: (877) 722-3833, http://www.race.com

Transit

Eastern Sierra Transit Authority/ESTA
703 Airport Rd
Bishop, CA 93515
(760) 872-1901 or (800) 922-1930
http://www.estransit.com

The CREST Bus runs several days a week between Reno, Nevada and Lancaster, California along U.S. Highway 395. The bus can make stops in all communities along this route

Airport
Eastern Sierra Regional Airport
703 Airport Rd, Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 872-297
www.inyocounty.us/Airport/index.html

Library
Benton Mono County Library
25553 U.S. Highway 6
Benton, CA 93512
(760) 933-2542
http://www.monocolibraries.org/branches/benton

Community Center
Benton Community Center
58869 S.R. Highway 120
Benton, CA 93512
(760) 873-6200