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Places of Interest in Sutter County & Yuba City


Bicentennial Living Witness Tree

Bicentennial Live Oak TreeIn Live Oak a Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) has been identified as being over 200 years old, standing at the time of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The the tree was dedicated on April 28, 1989, National Arbor Day as a Bicentennial Living Witness Tree. It is one of 35 such trees identified nationwide.

On Highway 99 in the City of Live Oak.


Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County

The Community Memorial Museum (1975), is the showplace and storehouse for many Sutter County history treasures and memories. With emphasis on domestic and agricultural artifacts, the collection encompasses a wide variety of ordinary and extraordinary objects from the past, including Maidu Indian artifacts. The objects and their setting invite you to investigate the history of the everyday life of the citizens of the community. The Museum is operated as a department of local government by the County of Sutter.

Open Tuesday - Friday 9am to 5pm - Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 4pm. Admission is free.

1333 Butte House Rd Yuba City, CA 95993 - Phone: 530 822-7141


Second Street, Yuba City

The Sutter County Courthouse, a Classical Revival structure circa 1899, and the Sutter County Hall of Records, built in Romanesque style in 1891, dominate the Second Street district of historical buildings. A variety of architectural styles are seen in the historic residences on Second Street, from Bridge Street to Garden Highway, and on B and C Streets.

Dating from the 1870s, graceful Victorians reflect Italianate, Classical and Eastlake influences. Second Street also boasts a house designed by famed architect Julia Morgan, as well as several houses demonstrating the influence of the Prairie school of architecture and the Craftsman movement.


Sutter Buttes

Scenic drive markers direct motorists around the exterior of the Sutter Buttes. The Buttes are privately owned and there is no public access to the interior. Guided walking tours are available through several naturalists' organizations and the Community Memorial Museum. The Sutter Buttes were formed 1.5 million years ago. Of volcanic origin, they are circular in shape and about 10 miles wide. The highest point is 2,132 feet above sea level.

The Buttes played an important part in the lives of the Maidu Indians, who lived in villages within sight of the Buttes. They called them ³Histum Yani², the Spirit Mountain, and believed that their spirits went there after death.

Gabriel Moraga, a Spaniard trying to locate possible mission sites, was the first European to see the Sutter Buttes, in 1806. Another Spaniard, Luis Arguello, led an expedition in 1817 to explore Northern California by water. He called the Buttes "Los Picachos" or the peaks. He also named the Feather River "El Rio de la Plumas", because he saw many feathers of wild fowl floating on the water.

The Buttes have been called by various names, such as "Marysville Buttes", "Sacramento Buttes" and "Los Tres Picos", but in 1949 they were officially named The Sutter Buttes. They are said to be the smallest mountain range in the world.


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Updated May 11, 1998