Folsom Powerhouse SHP
State Historic Park
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 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.
The recreation area, located near the town of Folsom, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80.
Folsom, CA - Latitude/Longitude: 38.6781 / -121.1750
Group Tours are available throughout the week by special arrangement.
Call 916-985-4843 for more information.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
- Hours of Operation:
Please contact the park.
- Park Office Telephone:
- Purchase Annual Passes
Wed. through Sun.
Noon to 4:00pm
9980 Greenback Lane
Folsom, CA 95630
Folsom Powerhouse Electricity Fair (pdf)
Teaching Unit and Teaching Guide on electricity that features the Folsom Powerhouse.
Share your time -- become a docent at Folsom Powerhouse Historic Park.
If you enjoy talking to school children and other groups, this may be the place for you. The doors are open to visitors Wed through Sun from noon to 4pm.
Interested in volunteering? Please call (916) 985-4843.