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Yuba City's downtown has two distinct areas: the older, quieter part along the levee with the courthouse, and the somewhat newer area centred along Plumas St. The whole area is rather mixed, parts are not pedestrian friendly, parts are derelict, and much of it is rather dead. However, it has some nice old buildings in addition to the courthouse, and there are some stores and restaurants, mostly in the Plumas St area (see my tip on that). The whole old area certainly is the most interesting, attractive, and pleasant part of town.
Written Dec 21, 2008
Yuba City is at least blessed with a beautiful old courthouse and a beautiful hall of records that is of a style now rare to find in California. The courthouse is in a neo-classical plantation style, very similar to the one in neighbouring Colusa, but it's not as old. The current structure dates from the 1890s but it is a copy of the preceding one dating from the 1870s that was destroyed. The nearby hall of records is castle-like. Across the street is the newer 1949 courthouse, modern but itself a clean, attractive example of its style of architecture.
The whole area of downtown is interesting, being the old part along the river, now rather small and isolated from the more happening newer portion. It has some old buildings, a number of attractive old houses, and the whole area along 2nd St is right up against the levee, a common traditional characteristic of the Sacramento Valley and otherwise largely unseen in California. It also is shaded in huge trees, some near the levee and river covered in thick vines and other vegetation that one sees in the riparian areas along the Sacramento River and its tributaries, in this case the Feather River.
Written Dec 17, 2008
Downtown Yuba City is not especially large and much of it is not a particularly lively area, but Plumas Street is the main pedestrian-oriented, lively area. It was recently renovated with new parking, lighting, crosswalks, renovated buildings, etc., and has the most restaurants of any portion of downtown. Aside form the mostly chain places in or near the shipping cnetres and mall, many of which line Hwy 20/Colusa Ave, this is probably your best bet to eat and the best place to eat at something with better atmosphere and more individuality than shopping-centre chains. The restaurants are fairly varied in styles and price ranges, including sandwiches, Chinese, and Italian food amongst others.
Written Dec 17, 2008
This is what people do for fun in Yuba City. There's not much else to do here. Meth addicts are prone to paranoid delusions and random acts of unprovoked violence--all the more reason to avoid this town altogether. If any Yuba meth-heads happen to see this, you can visit the web site below to get help.
Updated Sep 28, 2008
OK--here's a point of interest near Yuba City. About ten miles west of the town, on Highway 20, is a modest historical marker. It's on the right as you travel west toward Colusa.
Standing in the shadow of the Yuba-Sutter Buttes, this commemorates the invention of the ever-popular Thompson seedless grapes. Well, it's something to see if you're just passing through; it only takes about two minutes to stop and read this thing. Then you'll be on your way.
Updated Mar 18, 2007