If you're taking a driver through the Central Valley of California and following the Feather River, then you will eventually drive through the beautiful Yuba County. This scenic region hosts a population of 72,155 and is grounded in history.
The county got its name from the Yuba River. It was originally named by Captain John Sutter, who got the name from a Native American village. The name was either Yuba, Yupu, or Juba. The county was first formed in 1850 when California was first made into a state. It, however, did not retain all of its original land. In 1851, some of Yuba County was reincorporated into Placer County and Nevada County. In 1852, more land was given to Sierra County.
A proud county, Yuba County is actually quite small compared with other Californian counties. It is only 544 miles and is the fifth smallest county in the state. Because the county is situated on the steep slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it is perfect for hydroelectric power plants. Most of Yuba County's population lives at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the valley. This lush region is also perfect for agriculture. The region hosts a number of orchards, cattle grazing areas, and rice fields.
Visitors to the region should also check out the Plumas National Forest and the Tahoe National Forests. These are protected areas that shelter many different habitats including grassland, forestation, and riparian areas. Botanists in particular will be able to study a wide range of plant species in the area, including the yellow mariposa lily.
If you plan to drive through this region, you will have plenty of state road options. Some of the major roads that go through this region include State Routes 20, 49, 65, and 70. If you would rather travel by bus, you can take the Yuba Shutter Transit bus that will take you to Downtown Sacramento. This also functions as a commuter bus for those who work in Sacramento. The Greyhound bus line also makes a stop in Marysville, the county seat of Yuba County.
This small region has just two cities (Marysville and Wheatland) and many towns and unincorporated communities. Some of the towns include Camptonville, Dobbins, Linda, and Smartsville. The unincorporated communities involve places like Alicia, Frenchtown, Oak Valley, Olive Hill, Pearson, and many more.
Though small, Yuba County has seen its fair share of accidents. On Sept. 5, 2015, a fatal crash was reported in the county. Only one vehicle a red Gremlin, was involved, and the driver was killed. At this time, no other details are available.
This year's Fourth of July was also marked by tragedy in Yuba County. According to the Appeal-Democrat, a man from Marysville was killed in the early hours of July 4, 2015. The man was said to be either standing or walking on Highway 20 in the westbound lane. Michelle Bailey, a 39-year-old from Browns Valley, was driving her 2014 Jeep Cherokee on this road when she struck the man and killed him. When help arrived, they pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Bailey was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, but it is possible that the man w=may have been under the influence. Toxicology tests will deliver these results.
Accidents like these are serious and not to be taken lightly. Although much of this region is rural, it still has its share of dangers on the road. Of course, no one behind the wheel should be drinking or doing drugs, and all drivers need to be aware of their surroundings, especially when driving at night.