You can generally tell how long someone’s been on the Old Mission Peninsula by whether they know where “The Hogsback” is or not. It’s the strip of road on Center Road about a mile north of Mapleton, where the road drops down on both sides. On the right, you’ll see Danny Fouch’s farm, and on the left is my brother Dean Johnson’s farm (and Danny owns land on the left, as well).
I’m not sure when people started calling it The Hogsback, but my husband thinks it dates back to at least the turn of the (last) century, around 1900 or earlier. He says the road got its name because before it was shaped into the gentle slope you see there now, it had a couple of knolls, giving it the look of a “hog’s back.”
There are a lot of roads like that on the Peninsula. If you look at the shape of the land next to the roads, that’s likely what the road looked like to begin with. Seven Hills Road is another one – it originally had “seven hills” before it was smoothed into the road we have now.