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Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

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Interesting bit of California History

The Folsom Power House was one of the first in the US to produce alternating current power much... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pasadena, California
Wow! That's how they provided electricity?!

This museum is very well done. It is facilitating how clever folks were way before the technology... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
Folsom, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Folsom Power House was one of the first in the US to produce alternating current power much like we do today. The power house has most of the generating, control, and switching systems that were used back in the 1890's to generate power for...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

This museum is very well done. It is facilitating how clever folks were way before the technology was considered common. The docents were usually real-life practitioners of what is displayed.

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Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

Our son in law suggested going to learn a bit about the history. This attraction is run by volunteers for donations. There are hands on exhibits as well as photos and artifacts in the visitors center along with descriptions and history of the area. After...More

Thank Lecano_FlStan43
Reviewed May 26, 2018

In 1894 the first electricity flowed to Sacramento from the Folsom Powerhouse. Built by Horatio Livermore, the powerhouse was the largest of its kind in California, providing power just as electricity became accepted by the public. The powerhouse and surrounding property was given to the...More

Thank j0hnstevens1
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

This is an actual powerhouse which was in operation till 1952. Really nicely preserved. You can see all the turbines, generators and transformers and canal there. Also good to teach kids things about how electricity is generated. Recommended for everyone to visit!

Thank anshabhi
Reviewed April 3, 2018

We spent a couple of hours here seeing where the water entered the facility, touring the main building pictured on this page and just learning about how electric was made in the earlier times in our history. Fascinating if you are into this type of...More

Thank Josie R
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

I have been here several times and it seems as if each time I go there is a couple taking their engagement photos. It is in a great spot since you can see Folsom and it’s bridges and waterways. There are many trees and some...More

Thank Ihavemypassportready
Reviewed August 28, 2017

This is a hidden gem going into Folsom from Orangevale. We went there with our car club and Steve was our tour guide. He started us out on the top of power station area where the water was sent into the power house to make...More

Thank GoldenAgeGrandma
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Built in 1895, Folsom Powerhouse is one of the first alternating current (AC) hydroelectric power station in the United States. For 57 years, the power station continuously generated electricity until 1952 when the original Folsom Dam across the American River was demolished during construction of...More

Thank Akisato S
Reviewed July 5, 2017

Folsom Powerhouse is a unit of the California State Park System and is located adjacent to Old Town Folsom, California. Pedestrian entry to the park is free; there is a fee for use of the parking lot (self-registration or State Park Pass required). Visitor Center...More

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August 22, 2016|
Response from David2012C | Reviewed this property |
You pay ~$6 to enter this state park at the visitor center which has quite some exhibitions that I did not have time to see. I went in weekend. For both times, I talked to the same volunteer in the power house. It is not a... More