Sutter Buttes Reported to Be Smallest Mountain Range

on May 30, 2004

Forming a circle 10 miles wide, the Sutter Buttes near Yuba City (pop. 36,758) are reported to be the world’s smallest mountain range. Formed from volcanic activity 1.5 million years ago, the range’s highest point is South Butte, at just over 2,100 feet high. Once known as Histum Yani, or Spirit Mountain, by the Maidu Indians, the buttes were renamed in 1949 after local pioneer and fort-builder John A. Sutter.

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