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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Folsom, California

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1California (Sacramento County), Folsom — An Electrifying Past
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
2California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Ashland Station
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
3California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Cutting Edge Technology
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
4California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Folsom City
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
5California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Folsom Dam ImprovementsPromoting Public Safety for the Sacramento Region
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
6California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Folsom History Museum
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
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7California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Folsom Institute
“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
8California (Sacramento County), Folsom — 702 — Folsom Pony Express Terminus
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
9California (Sacramento County), Folsom — 558 — Folsom TerminalCalifornia’s First Passenger Railroad
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
10California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Folsom Veterans Memorial
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
11California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Forebay
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. Wood . . . Map (db m192550) HM
12California (Sacramento County), Folsom — J. Clifton Toney
In Memory of J. Clifton Toney Publisher of the Folsom Telegraph 1962 – 1976 His vision resulted in the Development of the Sutter Street MallMap (db m14378) HM
13California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Johnny Cash Trail
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
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14California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Kuntz Memorial Field
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
15California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Leidesdorff Plaza
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 Folsom area. Born 1810 in Danish West . . . Map (db m15617) HM
16California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Lower Powerhouse
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
17California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Main Powerhouse
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
18California (Sacramento County), Folsom — 240 — Mormon Island
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
19California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Natomas Consolidated of California
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
20California (Sacramento County), Folsom — New Uses on the Rail YardFolsom Historic District
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
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21California (Sacramento County), Folsom — 633 — 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 . . . Map (db m706) HM
22California (Sacramento County), Folsom — 464 — Prairie City
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
23California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Prairie City Cemetery
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
24California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Pushing Electrons
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
25California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Rancho Rio de los Americanos
250 feet due west from this point is an original corner of the Rancho Rio Delos Americanos Land Grant of 1844 and the most Northwesterly corner of the town site of Folsom of 1855. On the right was the mining camp of Negro Bar. On . . . Map (db m22981) HM
26California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Sacramento Valley RailroadFolsom Historic District
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
27California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Site of Car/Carpenter Shop (1863)Folsom Historic District
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
28California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Southern Pacific Railroad Superintendent's House
This house was built around 1915 for the railroad section superintendent and his family. From here the superintendent oversaw Folsom Junction railroad operations until the late 1950's. The superintendent's house is listed on the National Register of . . . Map (db m209954) HM
29California (Sacramento County), Folsom — St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Founded 1857Map (db m16245) HM
30California (Sacramento County), Folsom — The Sacramento, Placer and Nevada Railroad Right of Way
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
31California (Sacramento County), Folsom — The Young Wo Memorial Site1883 – 1925
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
32California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Turning Locomotives in FolsomFolsom Historic District
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
33California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Turning the Trains
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
34California (Sacramento County), Folsom — W.L. Perkins WarehouseFolsom Historic District
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
35California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Wells Fargo and Company
Early day assay office and home of Wells Fargo and Co. 1860Map (db m37112) HM
36California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Who is Fisher?
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
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Nov. 28, 2022