Folsom in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Original Folsom Hydroelectric Plant
In the 1850's, Horatio Gates Livermore and later his sons, Horatio P. and Charles E. pioneered the development of ditches and dams on the American River for industry and agriculture. One historic result was Folsom Power House, which began operations in July 1895. Power was delivered to Sacramento at 11,000 volts, which was a new achievement in long distance high voltage transmission. The capital celebrated by a grand electric carnival September 9, 1895.
The original generating plant, still in place, remained in continuous operation until 1952.
The plant was donated by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to the State of California to preserve its historical values.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 633
Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in Cooperation with the Sacramento Section, American Institute of Electric Engineers
August 22, 1958.
Erected 1958 by California State Park Commission in Cooperation with the Sacramento Section, American Institute of Electric Engineers. (Marker Number 633.)
Topics and series. This Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1895.
Location. 38° 40.817′ N, 121° 10.597′ W. Marker is in Folsom, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Riley Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Folsom CA 95630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. Clifton Toney (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ashland Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Uses on the Rail Yard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turning Locomotives in Folsom (approx. ¼ mile away); Folsom History Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Folsom.
Also see . . . California State Parks -- Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park. Contains a copy of the (Submitted on November 22, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
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