From the infamous Folsom Prison to historic state parks, there are plenty of things to see and do near the Larkspur Landing hotel in Folsom.
Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park
9980 Greenback Ln., Folsom, CA 95630 Tel: 916.988.0205The Folsom Powerhouse is part of a colorful chapter of Sacramento history and is also an example of the tremendous advance in the commercial application of electricity. H.P. Livermore realized that the water of the American River could turn generators for electricity in Sacramento, 22 miles downstream. With his partners, Livermore built the powerhouse, which still looks much as it did in 1895.
The opening of the powerhouse brought with it a “grand electric carnival” parade through downtown Sacramento and a 100-gun salute from a detachment of soldiers near the substation. Vintage generators are still in place at the powerhouse, as is the control switchboard, faced with Tennessee marble.
Visitors touring the powerhouse can see the massive General Electric transformers, each capable of conducting from 800 to 11,000 volts of electricity, in addition to the forebays and canal system that brought the water from the dam.
Folsom Prison Museum
312 3rd St., Represa, CA 95671
Tel: 916.985.2561, Ext. 4589When country singer Johnny Cash sang “Folsom Prison Blues,” America became familiar with this rough granite-walled state penitentiary. The prison was built in 1880 to handle the overload from San Quentin. Tours of the prison are not offered; however, the displays in the museum offer a realistic view of what life is like on the inside. Especially frightening is the display of weapons prisoners have made from everyday items. You can purchase crafts and other items made by prisoners. Admission is USD2 for persons age 12 and up.
1136 Sibley St., Folsom, CA 95630
Tel: 916.985.3111Gekkeikan’s state-of-the-art sake brewing facility in Folsom, California is the latest chapter in a continuing success story that began more than 360 years ago five-thousand miles away in Fushimi, Japan.
705 Gold Lake Drive, Folsom, CA 95630
Next to the American River Trail