Description - The 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.
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- The 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 1896. 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.
Friends of the Folsom Powerhouse Association
Be a friend of history and become a member of the Friends of the Folsom Powerhouse Association. Adequate state funds are not always available to support quality preservation programs statewide. Because of this, the Friends, a nonprofit corporation has been formed to work in cooperation with California State Parks to enhance educational and interpretive activities at the Powerhouse. Funds raised through memberships, donations, and sale of educational items enable the Friends to help the state preserve the facility and grounds. They also assist in funding research programs, equipment, display and literature. Membership in the Friends counts toward preserving an important national landmark (historic landmark #633) and brings you the enjoyment of knowing you are active in preserving your California heritage. To become a supporter or a Friend of the Folsom Powerhouse Association, please contact Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
Recreation - 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.
Tour Information (916) 985-4843
Group Tours are available throughout the week by special arrangement
Climate - Gold County generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
The recreation area, located near the town of Folsom, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80.