With 65 state landmarks yet to go in
Heading up Highway 101, which at this point is following the old road, and before that, the old trail, and before that, the Native American path, we pass right by the first landmark six miles below the town of Hopland. It turns out that a lot had happened in the last year and Squaw Rock has become breaking news in California landmark-dom to not only be renamed, but its story and text removed and replaced as well. Folks, give a big howdy to Frog Woman Rock!
Not to worry though, there’s a local legend that’s as good or better. Early southbound travelers when passing by noted the upper portion of the rock resembled the profile of a woman’s face. To the Pomo people that face was the precipice of a cave where a giant creature that was part woman and part frog lived and call it ‘maatha kawao qhabe’, which translates to Frog Woman Rock. She was the wife of Coyote, and could leap 100 feet and snatch a man whole and devour him. Another legend has her as the wife of Obsidian Man. Either way, the story is solid and any day now, the change to Frog Woman Rock will be official.
Pomo dancers - 1928
Former plaque inscription (no plaque at site): NO. 549 (M) SQUAW ROCK - This early landmark, also called Lover's Leap, is associated with the purported legend of a 19th-century Sanel Indian maiden, Sotuka. Her faithless lover, Chief Cachow, married another, all three were killed when Sotuka, holding a great stone, jumped from the precipice upon the sleeping pair below.
Location: Approx 6 mi S of Hopland on Hwy 101 (P.M. 5.1)