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Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

Contact Info
Corner of Leidesdorff and Riley streets
Folsom, CA

Historical Site,


For 57 years, the Folsom Powerhouse supplied electricity to the Sacramento Valley by harnessing the power of the American River. When the experiment with transmitting power long distance succeeded in 1895, the people celebrated by having "The Great Electric Carnival."
The Folsom Powerhouse was shut down in 1952, but the vestiges of its use are still available through historic photos and interpretive exhibits that explain how things worked. Along with touring the powerhouse, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can also explore a restored blacksmith's shop and a bookstore.

Hours + Fees

Daily from 10am to 4pm


Modern Restrooms
Picnic Area(s)

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
The recreation area, located near the town of Folsom, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80.
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