Congratulations to Utica,
You’re the WCSX City of the Week
Legend has it that in the early 1800s, a few hunters and trappers killed a wild boar, ate it, and declared the area to be called Hog’s Hollow. Hog’s Hollow stuck, and became a popular nickname in the town for many years.
The first industry in Utica, aside from farming, was the manufacture of pickets by William (“Picket”) Smith, who became the first postmaster.
Utica was founded in 1817, land cost $1.25 an acre, and was composed of wetlands, and swamps much like all of South-Eastern Michigan.
The city now known as Utica was platted by Joseph Stead in 1829, who preferred to call it “Harlow.” Others referred to the city as “Hog’s Hollow” or “McDougalville,” until a few years later it was finally named Utica by settlers from New York, after the city of the same name.