The Yuba Sutter region enjoys a 'north state' California location approximately 40 miles north of Sacramento. The region stretches from the Sacramento River and valley floor - on the west to the Sierra Nevada foothills and forests - to the east. Everything you can imagine is in between.
Several Pacific Flyway wildlife refuges offer interesting opportunities to observe abundant wildlife. Farms and ranches, farmer's markets, a foothill winery, and grower co-ops evidence the region's strong agricultural base. Boating, fishing and camping are available in and along the region's rivers, creeks, lakes and hills. Vibrant city downtown's are full of history and culture.
Beale Air Force Base, one of the largest bases in the U.S., is home to U-2 / TR-1 reconnaissance plane and the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. World-class entertainment is available in the Sleep Train Amphitheater.
City of Marysville
Founded: January 15, 1850
Incorporated: February 5, 1851
Named after a 15-year-old survivor of the Donner Party, Mary Murphy, Marysville is California’s Oldest Little City. Six California cities are older than Marysville, but none of them could today be considered a little city, by any means. Marysville, once California’s second largest city, has been constrained from growing by the very levees that have protected it from flooding since 1875.
Its first elected leader, Stephen J. Field, instituted the whipping post to deter crime (the new city could not afford a jail), wrote the charters of several California cities, and became the first Supreme Court Justice from the bawdy American west. Marysville became the dominant supply city to the Northern mines and its founders hoped it would become “The New York of the Pacific.”
City of Yuba City
Founded: July 7, 1849
Incorporated: January 1908
Yuba City was born out of the Gold Rush and has survived many hardships to become the dominant city in the region. Sam Brannon, a merchant who understood the profit that a population boom could bring to California, used his newspaper to spread the news of gold discoveries along the American, Yuba and Feather rivers, sparking the migration of half-a-million people to California. Wishing to establish a major mining supply center on the west side of the Feather River, Brannon and two other men laid out a city in blocks and squares, leveling the native burial grounds of a large, displaced village of Maidu, known as the “Youboom.”
It was Marysville, on the east side of the Feather River facing the mountain mining camps, that became the major supply center, not Yuba City. After fire destroyed its downtown in 1907, Yuba City incorporated and established a fire department. On Christmas Eve 1955, 40 people drowned in the worst flooding in the Sacramento Valley in the 20th century. In the 1970s, Yuba City surpassed Marysville as a center of commerce and has a diverse, progressive population. Yuba City is the birthplace of John J. Montgomery (1858) who, in 1883, piloted the world’s first heavier-than-air flight off a cliff near San Diego, more than 20 years before the Wright Brothers did it with an engine.