A small, mysterious, and isolated mountain range juts up in the center of the flat farmlands of California's sprawling Sacramento Valley. Fifty-thousand travelers pass through the valley every day along Interstate 5 and Highway 99 or overhead by air, noticing the unusual formation and wondering about it. It is the Sutter Buttes. To nearby native peoples it was, and still is, revered as Spirit Mountain. It provoked the curiosity of the first explorers and trappers who sought the promontory for its panoramic strategic value. Later researchers and educators were also drawn to the site to further their understanding of the natural world. Productive farmland around the scenic peaks brought many settlers to "Butte Mountain." Today those who live and work in and around the Buttes feel a deep connection to the landscape. Many of their family histories are featured here, revealing a ranching and farming heritage that has been handed down for generations over the past 150 years, preserving this landmark from development. Most of the Sutter Buttes remain a vestige of California's past.
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Author: Doug McConnell
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Every week, hundreds of thousands of Northern Californians tune in to Bay Area Backroads for the best ideas on day trips, weekend getaways, and other adventuresit's the highest-rated local TV program in the San Francisco Bay Area. This first book from host Doug McConnell features 50 of his best backroad explorations, primarily in the immediate San Francisco Bay Area, but also extending to the northern redwoods, east to the Sierra Nevada, and south to San Luis Obispo. Each destination features gorgeous color photographs by Stacy Geiken. Including both unique approaches to popular destinations and a wide variety of lesser-known sights, Bay Area Backroads provides adventurers and armchair travelers alike with a fun new way to see Northern California.