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Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

Phone Number

(916) 988-0205

Park Hours

Please contact the park.

Driving Directions to Folsom Powerhouse SHP

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

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms

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.

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

Group Tours are available throughout the week by special arrangement.
Call 916-985-4843 for more information.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

Special Events Information

For more Information about Special Events and or Permit Applications please contact:

Andrew Smith, Folsom Lake Special Events Coordinator

7755 Folsom-Auburn Road

Folsom, CA. 95630

916-988-0205

Andrew.Smith@parks.ca.gov

Special Event Applications should be submitted 45 days prior to the event.

Late fees will apply to any application recieved less than 45 days prior to the event date.

Applications received less than 30 days prior to event may be denied.

 

Film Permits are arranged on an individual basis through the California Film Commission.

For additional information please call (323)-860-2960

 Powerhouse Visitor Center Application

Special Events Application

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