Point of Interest in Sutter County

Sutter Hock Farm Site South of Yuba City

All Photos 28 October 2011
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Hock Farm Site
Garden Highway at Messick Road
South of Yuba City
This memorial is constructed of the original iron from the fort of

Hock Farm
Established in 1841 by
John Augustus Sutter

Being the first white settlement in Sutter County. The fort and farm buildings were located on the banks of the Feather River opposite this point.

Erected by Sutter and Yuba Bi-County Federation of Womens Clubs

What is a hock farm?

According to reporter Rob Young writing in the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Sutter's Hock Farm had nothing to do with the production of ham hocks, pickled pigs feet or pork chops.

Most historians think that Hoch (also spelled Hok or Hoc) was an Indian village near the farm. Others think that Sutter, who was born in Germany, named the farm hoch - high in German - because it was north of his fort in Sacramento or because it was on high ground.

Read the entire article.

The Hock Farm is also California Landmark 346. The California historic marker is a mile west of here at the intersection of Messick Road and Old US 99.
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