Talk:Folsom, California

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Removed viola player[edit]

I searched around, but the only reference online I could find to Matthew Readdick online (apart from the Wikipedia articles) was from this site, "":

Customer rating Goblin Dance Matthew Readdick of Folsom,CA writes... "Goblin Dance is a very cool song with viola melody. Get this"

So I'm going to go out on a limb & say he's not world-famous.--Diogenes00 01:31, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Railroad abandonment date[edit]

I have not corrected the error in the date of abandonment because I do not have the precise information. Perhaps the author meant that passenger service ceased in the 1950s. There was still freight service to Folsom when we moved here in 1986 and for some time thereafter. In the Placerville article, it mentions that the Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Railroad operated until June of 1986. It connected to the Southern Pacific branch line that ran through Folsom, so that line would have been operational in 1986. Jim 00:00, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

I concur with this; however, where part of the confusion about dates exist due to one railroad line closing in the 1860s and the turn-over of the Sacramento Valley Railroad from that organization to Folsom prison and its operation afterwards. The most definite articles read that the turntable ceased operation in the 1910s. Please see:
I am still not satisfied with the imprecision of the date, but have corrected the article to change "1950s" to "1980s", not only due to the aforementioned articles (the Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Railroad article now gives a specific date that scrapping commenced), but because of the external website article now referenced. I personally observed items being delivered by rail to the Folsom freight platform in 1986; however due to "original research" prohibition I am relying on the references mentioned. Jim (talk) 03:28, 13 October 2008 (UTC)


Folsom is not losing population 51k in 00 to 45 k in 06. Can someone check this. I can later but not now. Alamar2001 02:57, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

'Famous People'[edit]

I don't think any of the people (other than Camejo) are really famous, other than locally. Teak the Kiwi 04:00, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

johnny cash was famous —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:14, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

Clarification needed[edit]

"Folsom Prison was established in 1880, when the Livermore family made an agreement with the state to donate land for the prison in exchange for prison labor. Their plan was to build a hydro-electric dam from the American River for a sawmill. Though the sawmill did not work out, the Livermores soon realized that the natural force of running water could provide enough power to transmit to Sacramento, and the Folsom Powerhouse, now a National Historic Landmark, was opened. At the time it was opened, it had the longest overhead run of electricity (22 miles) in the country. The powerhouse operated until 1952.
Folsom Dam was built in 1956, providing much-needed flood control and water rights for the Sacramento Valley. The creation of this dam also created one of the most popular lakes in Northern California, Folsom Lake."

If the powerhouse operated until 1952, and Folsom Dam wasn't built until 1956, I'm assuming there was some other source of hydroelectric power somewhere? Also, I don't understand the link between a hydro-electric dam and a sawmill. There's nothing about this in the Folsom Dam article, either. Neil916 (Talk) 05:23, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

The "old" Folsom dam was created over by the prison by prisoners. The water was diverted over to the Folsom Powerhouse, and produced energy. It was destroyed when the new dam came in. The original idea was to create a sawmill but it was too costly.
Here's an old pic:
More info on the powerhouse:

Assessment notes[edit]

Nowhere near a B class since:

  • Not useful to all readers since it lacks breadth (eg no data on infrastructure, transportation, natural features, etc.)
  • Very light in hard references
  • POV shows with words like "famous" and "unfortunately"

Keep working on it. Feralfeline 04:52, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Bridge columns[edit]

Looking from underside, there appears to be a short concrete panel, wherein another support column might seem appropriate for long western end; compare to eastern end. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:37, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

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