“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Folsom, California Historical Markers

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By Syd Whittle, November 12, 2005
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California (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
California (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
California (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
California (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
California (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
California (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
California (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 Dehone . . . — Map (db m15613) HM
California (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
California (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 Mall — Map (db m14378) HM
California (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
California (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
California (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
California (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 operations . . . — Map (db m706) HM
California (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
California (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
California (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
California (Sacramento County), Folsom — St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Founded 1857 — Map (db m16245) HM
California (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
California (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
California (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
California (Sacramento County), Folsom — Wells Fargo and Company
Early day assay office and home of Wells Fargo and Co. 1860 — Map (db m37112) HM

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