Homes – Folsom
Thanks to Johnny Cash Folsom is well known for its prison. The prison came about in 1880 when the Livermore family made an agreement with the state to donate land for the prison in exchange for prison labor. They planned to build a hydroelectric dam from the American River for a sawmill.
The sawmill did not work out. However the Livermores realized that the natural force of running water could provide enough power to transmit to Sacramento, and the Folsom Powerhouse, now a National Historic Landmark, was opened. The powerhouse operated until 1952.
The current Folsom Dam was built in 1956, providing much-needed flood control and water rights for the Sacramento Valley. The creation of this dam also created one of the most popular lakes in Northern California, Folsom Lake. The lake is 4.8 miles from Granite Bay to the most southern point of Folsom Lake.
Located at the base of the Sierra foothills, Folsom Lake offers opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing, and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, big and small mouth bass or perch.
For cyclists, there is a 32-mile long bicycle path that connects Folsom Lake with many Sacramento County parks before reaching Old Sacramento. The park also includes Lake Natoma, downstream from Folsom Lake, which is popular for crew races, sailing, kayaking and other aquatic sports.