Folsom

The city of Folsom and the prison of the same name, made famous Johnny Cash's 1955 song "Folsom Prison Blues", are on the west side of Lake Folsom, and south of our home, in Rocklin. Old downtown Folsom, along Sutter Street, is a popular place on weekends. It has Pizzeria Classico and Chicago Fire. Both serve great pizza, but Davin recommends Pizzeria Classico's Garlic Chips. Going there for dinner on Saturday evening, has almost become a weekly family ritual. The same is true for Sunday breakfast at Sutter Street Grill.

Trying to Pump Some Water

The block bounded by Sutter St., Leidsdorff St., Redding St., and Wool St., contains the Folsom Railroad Museum, and Pioneer Village. The museum features a restored locomotive turntable, that was used to rotate the locomotives in the right direction for their trip back to Sacramento. Pioneer Village is a museum illustrating life of the area's early settlers. It contains Folsom Forge Blacksmithing that, on weekends, is staffed by skilled enthusiasts working iron over hot coals.

On Greenback Lane, in Folsom, toward the Rainbow Bridge, that crosses the American River, is the Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park. It is where a hydro-electric plant generated electricity for Sacramento, in 1895. Although it was not the first hydro-electric power plant, it was the first to transmit its electricity to a distance of 22 miles. The plant operated until 1952, and the equipment is on public display. Franz (an electrical engineer), and Davin (who displays some early signs of the same affliction) think it really cool.