This property was donated by Adolph and Catherine Van Maren to accommodate this one-room Sylvan School House constructed in 1862 and relocated to this site in 1927. This property was on the northeast side of the former Van Maren Ranch, which covered . . . — — Map (db m46664) HM
The San Juan High School District was formed in 1913 and named after the original San Juan Spanish Land Grant. The school served all students in the northern half of Sacramento County. Its first class was held in a temporary two-story elementary . . . — — Map (db m57263) HM
Land for the Sylvan Cemetery was donated to the community in 1862 by early settler Daniel Lewis. The first person to be buried in the cemetery was James Horton. Mr. Horton had reportedly come to the area to seek his fortune in gold but suffered an . . . — — Map (db m46465) HM
Sylvan School, built in 1862, was one of the first rural schools in Sacramento County, but was not the first school in Citrus Heights area. The first school was a private school located on the Cross Farm. At the time it was necessary for settlers to . . . — — Map (db m46565) HM
The Rusch Home, built in 1916, is on the original site of the 480-acre Volle Ranch.
Fred and Julia Volle came across the plains by covered wagon in 1853. Before settling in Citrus Heights, they owned a small place on L Street in Sacramento . . . — — Map (db m46459) HM
This survivor of the ill-fated Donner Party was the daughter of George and Mary Blue Donner. Born near Springfield, Illinois, in 1832. She arrived in California in December 1846 with her sister, Leanna Charity Donner, and was rescued by the first . . . — — Map (db m10521) HM
Gold South Of Elk Grove In 1847!
History books claim that gold was first discovered in the greater Sacramento area by James Marshall in 1848. There is another story that indicates that the first discovery of gold was a bit closer to Elk . . . — — Map (db m193829) HM
The Origins of Elk Grove's Name
There is some speculation on the origins of Elk Grove's name. Was it inspired by the elk that roamed the area or a city in Missouri?
Regardless of the source for his inspiration, James Hall settled in . . . — — Map (db m193864) HM
The first I.O.O.F. meeting was held on
May 2, 1878. The first Rebekah meeting
was held on May 2, 1888. On July 7, 1892
The original building burned and was
rebuilt with the I.O.O.F taking ownership.
A rededication of the hall was
held on March . . . — — Map (db m18031) HM
This is the site of the beginning of the conquest of California by the United States on June 10, 1846. American settlers led by Ezekial Merritt overpowered soldiers under Lt. Francisco Arce and took their Mexican Army horses from the corral of the . . . — — Map (db m11869) HM
Started at James Hall’s Hotel in 1850 (an outstanding brick building destroyed by the freeway) on Upper Stockton Road and moved a mile north to James Buckner’s Ranch a few years later. The town moved to its present site on the railroad in the 1870’s. — — Map (db m57984) HM
Rhoads School completed 1872. Located on the west side of Sheldon Road, now called Sloughhouse Road two miles south of Jackson Road. Replaced first Rhoads School located north side, near levee of Cosumnes River next to Rhoads south west property . . . — — Map (db m18018) HM
In 1908 Elk Grove acquired through the efforts of Miss Harriet G. Eddy, then principal of Elk Grove Union High School, the first county free library branch in California. Subsequently, California's county free library branch system has become one of . . . — — Map (db m11868) HM
The Lincoln Highway, a coast to coast all weather road from Times Square in New York to San Francisco’s Lincoln Park, was an idea whose birthday was the 10th of September 1912. This road which freed America from the clutches of changeable weather . . . — — Map (db m18026) HM
Named in honor of Jim Jones whose love for the American River and fervor to protect its fisheries and flow levels greatly enhanced the river and parkway.
When this bridge was no longer needed for mining activities, Jim fought to save it so that . . . — — Map (db m377) HM
This memorial honors all American veterans who, although separated by generations, shared a common, undeniable goal – to valiantly protect our country’s freedom.
The memories of these American veterans will continue to live on whenever . . . — — Map (db m57280) HM
Charles A “Bud” Norris
Path of Honor
Honor * Respect * Remember
This path is dedicated to all veterans, past and present. As you walk this path, feel their presence and pay homage. Remember their sacrifice, devotion, and . . . — — Map (db m57282) HM
This memorial is dedicated with appreciation to the firefighters, police officers, and emergency personnel who unselfishly gave their lives while aiding their fellow men following the unprecedented act of terrorism against this country on September . . . — — Map (db m52741) WM
These boots are a lasting memorial to all of our Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. Those that once wore them can only fill them. Let's not forget their sacrifice and devotion. They will be forever in our hearts and in our prayers. — — Map (db m52845) HM
On July 13, 1895, the electricity generated here and transmitted to Sacramento signaled the
start of a nationwide change in the way we would light our homes and power our civilization.
As this hydroelectric power plant was the first of its kind . . . — — Map (db m192580) HM
In 1973, the oldest depot in the West moved to a new home. Ashland Station, reportedly the oldest railroad depot west of the Mississippi, was transported across Rainbow Bridge to its present location at the Folsom Interpretive Area next to the . . . — — Map (db m11153) HM
By the 1920's this building housed a machine
shop, superintendent's office, and automotive
garage. The superintendent oversaw the
daily operation of the power plant complex,
directing the work of both power plant and
dam operators in . . . — — Map (db m192567) HM
In 1827 “Bible Totin” Jed Smith camped here in. In 1850 these diggings became known as Negro Bar, then named Granite City after the rocks, and in 1855 Joseph Folsom lent his name to this fair city.
Also in 1855 Folsom hired Theodore . . . — — Map (db m57985) HM
Folsom Dam and Reservoir are a component of the Central Valley Project, owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Central California Area Office
Construction of Folsom Dam by the Corps began in . . . — — Map (db m17644) HM
Site of stables at Western terminus of Pony Express (1860-61), later used by blacksmith shops. Adjacent after 1892 fire, was built two - story Burke's Hall, a community center. Meeting place of Granite Parlor No.83, NSGW (1886-1958).
Dedicated . . . — — Map (db m77653) HM
“Education Doth Not A Scholar Make”
Near here was the first and only college ever in Folsom. It lasted two years (1958-60). Then is closed for a lack of students. Folks probably figured they were smart enough (?).
It was . . . — — Map (db m22984) HM
Gold Rush and Railroad town Folsom became the Western Terminus of the Central Overland Pony Express on July 1, 1860. The express mail had been run by pony to and from Sacramento. Beginning on July 1, 1860, the
Sacramento Valley Railroad carried it . . . — — Map (db m5090) HM
Completion of the Sacramento Valley Railroad from Sacramento to Folsom was completed here February 22, 1856, by enthusiastic residents of both cities. The new line, 22 miles in length was commenced February 12, 1855, and was built by Theodore . . . — — Map (db m15613) HM
The Folsom Veterans Memorial honors those brave individuals who serve our country and those who have fallen in service to our country. The memorial is composed of several distinct elements.
The Flag Court pays homage to all those who have served . . . — — Map (db m15619) HM
Two miles upriver, the Folsom Water Power
Company dam diverted water from the
American River into a canal for delivery to
this forebay. Intentionally constructed at
an angle to the canal, the forebay serves a
number of different functions. . . . — — Map (db m192550) HM
The City of Folsom has a rich history beginning with the 49ers during California's great gold rush. It was the site of the west's first railroad and the world's first long-distance transmission of electricity. For thousands of years prior, the area . . . — — Map (db m192774) HM WM
Dr. Jim And Bea Kuntz came to Folsom in 1963 with their three boys Jim,
Charles, and Jeffrey. Tim, their fourth son was born in Folsom at Twin Lakes
hospital. Dr. Kuntz had just finished his residency in family practice at
Indiana University when . . . — — Map (db m192734) HM
Dedicated to the memory of
WILLIAM ALEXANDER LEIDESDORFF
Early California pioneer, civic
leader, merchant, trader, and
owner of 35,000 acre rancho
“Rio de los Americanos” in the
Born 1810 in Danish West . . . — — Map (db m15617) HM
Constructed in 1897, the lower powerhouse
is designed to produce additional electricity
during periods of drought. Due to the
25-foot drop from the main powerhouse to
the lower powerhouse, the same water could
be reutilized to generate an . . . — — Map (db m192735) HM
In July 1895, this was one of the few places
in California or the United States where you
could hear the hum and buzz of industrial
scale electricity being generated. Where
only a short time ago gold miners washed
pans of gravel in search of . . . — — Map (db m194136) HM
Early in 1848 W. Sidney S. Willis (ES) and Wilford Hudson, members of the Mormon Battalion, set out from Sutter’s Fort to hunt deer. Stopping on the South Fork of the American River, they found gold. They told their story on returning to the Fort . . . — — Map (db m17637) HM
Natomas Company activities started in this area in 1857 with the acquisition of 9,000 acres from the Joseph L. Folsom estate.
Early partners engaged in water, granite quarrying, agriculture, vineyards, gold mining, hydro-electric power and . . . — — Map (db m705) HM
On April 19, 1877, the Sacramento Valley Railroad consolidated with the Folsom and Placerville
Railroad to form the Sacramento and Placerville Pailroad. All machine work was transferred
to Sacramento and the Folsom machine shop closed in 1878. In . . . — — Map (db m143782) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m706) HM
Site of Prairie City, mining town and center of trade in California Gold Rush days. In July, 1853, Prairie City reached the height of its prosperity, and included fifteen stores and ten boarding houses and hotels. Two stage lines operated daily. A . . . — — Map (db m10823) HM
The site of the Prairie City Cemetery that once served the bustling gold rush town of Prairie City was located during construction of the Prairie City Road and Highway 50 Interchange in May 1997. It was used between 1853 and at least 1872 and may . . . — — Map (db m10506) HM
Successfully transmitting electricity long
distance to Sacramento required the use of
voltage step up transformers. High voltage
Alternating Current travels farther with less
loss of power. The first transformers raised the
800 volt output . . . — — Map (db m192553) HM
250 feet due west
from this point is an original corner
Rancho Rio Delos
Americanos Land Grant
of 1844 and the most
of the town site of Folsom
of 1855. On the right was the
mining camp of Negro Bar. On . . . — — Map (db m22981) HM
Completed in 1856, the Sacramento Valley Railroad from Sacramento to Folsom was one of the
first railroads constructed west of the Mississippi. The route was surveyed by Theodore Judah, a civil engineer from New York who envisioned a . . . — — Map (db m143784) HM
Site of the car/carpenter shop, constructed in 1863
as a workshop where railroad cars and other
rolling stock were built. The building was demolished in 1895
and the bricks were reused at the Folsom powerhouse. — — Map (db m143683) HM
Here you can see the right of way of the Sacramento, Placer and Nevada Railroad. It was designed by Theodore Dehone Judah (March 4, 1826 – November 2, 1863) as Chief Engineer. Conceived in 1854 and constructed in 1861, it ran about thirteen . . . — — Map (db m37132) HM
This sacred ground is one of three revered cemeteries * Young Wo, Sam Yup-Sze Yup, and Hakka * that served the Chinese community once located just north of here. One cemetery vanished during gold dredging activites; Only the Young Wo and Sam Yup-Sze . . . — — Map (db m16243) HM
Over time there have been five turntables used to turn locomotives, (like the one pictured above),
around at the Folsom Rail Yard. The first turntable was put in place in 1856, with replacement
turntables constructed in 1867, 1882, 1891, and 1910. . . . — — Map (db m143675) HM
From 1856 to 1971, Folsom was a railroad town. For most of those years, the Folsom depot was the last stop from Sacramento.
Before the trains could return to Sacramento, the locomotives had to be turned around. Until 1913, they rotated . . . — — Map (db m37108) HM
On approximately this site, a freight warehouse and depot was constructed in April 1860.
The brick freight depot measured 30 feet by 100 feet and was leased by W. L. Perkins, a merchant specializing in freight. The building was used for the storage . . . — — Map (db m143681) HM
FISHER is a very popular American Black Bear
who resides at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.
He's been a resident since 1995 and during his
years at the z0o sanctuary, he's contributed his
awesome bear skills!
Fisher was born in December, . . . — — Map (db m192705) HM
Born, Charlestown, N.H. Aug. 24, 1778; Died Franklin, Mar. 6, 1865 Last surviving member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He kept a journal and gave valuable service as a gunsmith. — — Map (db m10520) HM
In 1863 a ten mile long short line was built from Brighton Station on the Sacramento Valley RR to this here spot. It was called “Freeport” because it avoided the high charges for landing freight and passengers at the Sacramento City . . . — — Map (db m8869) HM
George Hack settled in the Sacramento River delta in 1855, seven years before the town of Freeport was established, and was a true pioneer farmer of the area. Hack operated a small dairy and grew a variety of crops on his ranch. His apricots, once . . . — — Map (db m91789) HM
The ancestral land given to Miwok headman Aleck Blue at this cemetery by employer and friend Pio Valensin for the burial of himself and his lineal descendants is now recognized as rows 14 thru 18 oof the eastern side. Aleck was well known for his . . . — — Map (db m193827) HM
Old Liberty was a stagecoach stop in the north east section of San Joaquin County. It linked lower Sacramento to the gold country. As the weary pioneers would pass through Liberty they buried their loved ones here and several of them were children . . . — — Map (db m141106) HM
The original wooden water tower was built here in 1872. This water tower has stood as a beacon since 1936, connecting yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Dedicated as a Galt Historical Landmark
November 11, 1995 — — Map (db m72322) HM
Alder Springs, south of this point, marks the Old Coloma Road, running between Sutter’s Fort and Culluh-mah (Coloma). Established in 1847, this road was used by James W. Marshall in January 1848 to bring the first gold from Sutter’s Mill to the . . . — — Map (db m11901) HM
The river before you is not the same river that flowed through here 200 years ago when the Nisenan Indians caught salmon and collected acorns along its bank. The river has been mined, dammed and surrounded by our cities, yet it still supports . . . — — Map (db m15836) HM
This building was built in 1926 after the Main Street fire. Originally it was a Chinese restaurant owned by Sun and Moy Kow. Later it became a cantina/dime a dance hall run by Joe Kum You and Joe Gung. It was common knowledge that some dancers were . . . — — Map (db m25906) HM
When gold was discovered in 1848, around 300,000 people came to
California from all over the world. The Sacramento and San Joaquin
rivers became highways to the gold country.
Fleets of sailing ships and steamboats brought people and . . . — — Map (db m185609) HM
This building dates from 1927 when it was rebuilt after a fire in 1926. The upper floor served the Chinese population as a center for religious and social activities.
The Toy family operated a store two doors west called The Quong Wo Sing Co. . . . — — Map (db m18271) HM
This hotel, the oldest operating in Isleton, opened in 1949. During construction it was discovered that his site was an old Indian burial ground. Manuel Valine was the first owner of this building that operated as a casino. Soon after the grand . . . — — Map (db m25744) HM
During the gold rush period of 1849 Isleton was a sea of swaying tules and peat bogs. Chinese immigrants lured to California for gold stayed on to begin a hand labor task of dredging and constructing levees. When the water was pumped out, these . . . — — Map (db m18205) HM
This dry goods store was owned by
Kumataro & Rika Nakano in
Isleton's thriving Japantown.
The store was closed in 1942
when Executive Order 9066
mandated the incarceration of
110,000 Japanese on the West Coast
in isolated internment . . . — — Map (db m161964) HM
On October 12, 1865 the town of Rio Vista gained brief national attention
when Sacramento's newest and most luxurious river steamboat,
Yosemite, burst a boiler in her starboard side. Yosemite was bound
down river for San Francisco . . . — — Map (db m185611) HM
"Barge Burnt - On Friday afternoon last, the barge Monitor,
bound for Sacramento, was burnt and sunk two miles
below Rio Vista. This barge was built of the hull of the
steamer Monitor, the machinery having been removed and
the hulk . . . — — Map (db m185610) HM
The largest, most complete, example of a rural agricultural Chinese-American community in the United States
Prior to 1915 this area consisted of four buildings and was part of the Locke Ranch known as "Lockeport". The name was later shortened to . . . — — Map (db m151428) HM
has been designated a
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America
Locke Historic District is the largest and
most complete example of . . . — — Map (db m162018) HM
In memory of the industrious Chinese pioneers of California whose strength and sacrifice helped build the transcontinental railroad, construct the levees of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta, and develop agriculture in the Central Valley. With . . . — — Map (db m18234) HM
Researched by Martha Esch, copyright 2016. '17 Citations verified by J'aime Rubio
For hundreds of years when the Sacramento Delta was a swamp, nearly the size of Rhode Island, Native Americans inhabited this area. Burial mounds of the . . . — — Map (db m151239) HM
Locke was founded in 1915 after fire destroyed most of the Chinese neighborhood in nearby Walnut Grove. The Chinese who lived in that community decided that it was time to establish a town of their own. After the fire, a group of Chinese merchants . . . — — Map (db m151238) HM
Named for 2Lt C. S. Mather killed in 1918.
• 1918–Pilot Training School.
• 1930’s–Supply Depot.
• 1940’s–Pilot and Nav School.
• 1950’s–Nav School.
• 1960’s–SAC Bomb Wing and AF Nav/EWO Schools. . . . — — Map (db m889) HM
Owned and operated from 1857 as a stage station by Henry F. W. Deterding. This was the site of the second remount station of the Central Overland Pony Express during March-July 1860. Here on April 4, 1860, Sam (Bill) Hamiton with the first eastward . . . — — Map (db m2034) HM
On July 13, 2005
Sheriff's Helicopter Star VI
was patrolling the skies,
when a catastrophic engine failure
brought the ship to its final resting place
on the north shore of Lake Natoma.
This monument serves as
a memorial . . . — — Map (db m81340)
M. K. Anderson 42-5 • S. H. Anderson 42-9 • M. P. Schwartz 42-8 • R.V. Greenslade 42-8 • J. M. Strickland 42-5 • J. D. Jackman 41-H • W. J. Anderson 42-9 • G. Kitchens Jr. 41-H • W. W. Elliott 41-I • J. R. Bullock 42-10 • W. P. . . . — — Map (db m52707) HM
In Dedication to the Men and Women
of Mather AFB
For 75 years of service to the
nation and the community.
In Tribute to the Navigators
Who Trained at Mather AFB
To their skill to set . . . — — Map (db m57287) HM
To the memory of the riders of the
Pony Express, 1860-1861
First relay station out of Sutter's Fort.
Dedicated April 19, 1936
by the Native Sons and Daughters
of the Golden West. — — Map (db m61348) HM
The moon room is the link between space exploration and Prairie City
SVRA. This area was once home to the world's largest site for rocket
engine development. This three story underground bunker was built to
protect scientists during testing of . . . — — Map (db m121362) HM
When rain falls on a vernal pool grassland, some water sinks into the ground and the rest flows into streams or into depressions in the landscape. The water cannot move deeper into the ground in a vernal pool grassland because a hardpan blocks its . . . — — Map (db m52708) HM
From Prairie to Park
Prior to the arrival of Europeans in the late 1700’s, this area was an open prairie, where roaming herds of elk and deer grazed on perennial grasses. By the late1800’s, nearly all of the grasslands had been divided up . . . — — Map (db m90234) HM
Gold was discovered on the Cosumnes River in 1849 by two men from Michigan in the vicinity of the historic Nisenan settlement of Palamul. In the 1850s the town of Michigan Bar was the largest in Cosumnes . . . — — Map (db m2037) HM
Site of Grist Mill built by Jared Dixon (Joaquin) Sheldon 1846-47 on Omochumnes Rancho, granted to him by Mexican Government 1843. Sheldon born Vermont January 8, 1813, came to California 1832. Sheldon shot July 11, 1851, by miners in quarrel over . . . — — Map (db m2036) HM
Sloughhouse, prominent hotel and stage station on the road to the Amador mines, was a favorite stopping place for travellers, notably Leland Stanford. Constructed in 1850 by Jared Dixon Sheldon, it was destroyed by fire in 1890, and rebuilt the same . . . — — Map (db m10271) HM
This is a Ansul Dry Chemical Wheeled Fire Extinguisher.
It had a potassium bicarbonate based dry chemical
containing colorized additives, it was the most effective
dry chemicals used to extinguish flammable and or
combustible liquid fires. The . . . — — Map (db m192797) HM
This Tree Stump Hitching Post was blasted
loose with dynamite, quarried out, then cut
and shaped into Horse Head Hitching
Post by prisoners working in the quarry in
the early years of Folsom Prison. The Horse
Head Hitching Post was moved to its . . . — — Map (db m192796) HM
This old Doodlebug was manufactured at Folsom State
Prison to be used as a sturdy, powerful pulling and pushing
vehicle, used in the Lower Yard. It was made in the
Maintenance Shop of Folsom
It has a model A motor, a military . . . — — Map (db m193059) HM
A locomotive was purchased to be used on a short line railroad which had been constructed from the prison to the village of Folsom, for hauling supplies. In the
early part of June, 1893.
In 1922, the walls around the prison were finally . . . — — Map (db m193061) HM
I would like to give you a little background on this remarkable man who began
his career at Folsom Prison in 1959. He was born on August 5, 1917,
seventeen years later Parker joined the Navy in 1934, with his fathers approval.
During his service . . . — — Map (db m192711) HM
This Tree Stump Hitching Post was blasted
loose with dynamite, quarried out, then cut
and shaped into the Tree Stump Hitching
Post by prisoners working in the quarry in
the early years of Folsom Prison. The Tree
Stump Hitching Post was moved to . . . — — Map (db m193062) HM
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