Folsom has a rich history
For history buffs, the places to explore in Folsom are nearly endless. With its roots in the Gold Rush and early railroad history, Folsom has played an important role in California. The community offers several museums which offer interesting glimpses into the past.
A complete overview of the city's history can be found at the Folsom History Museum, located on historic Sutter Street. It offers an outline of city's past as well as interesting special displays from historic quilts to artifacts from the native Maidu Indians. This is the place to begin your history tour.
One of the most famous historic spots in Folsom is - of course - Folsom Prison. A small museum operated by volunteers offers a fascinating glimpse behind the solid granite walls of the prison. There's a section dedicated to Johnny Cash who musically put Folsom Prison on the map - so to speak with his "Folsom Prison Blues."
Located in a Santa Fe Coach Railcar in historic Folsom, the Folsom Railroad Museum offers displays and information regarding city's rich role in the history of the railroad. The museum has a wealth of photographs and historical artifacts in addition to a small gift shop.
The Folsom History Interpretive Area
, located at 200 Wool St, next to the historic Southern Pacific Depot, has been offering hands on historical educational experiences for more than 15 years. The Interpretive Area is an open air museum on a one and a half acre site that showcases a variety of buildings that are used to engage visitors to explore local history. Many of the artifacts chronicle the California Gold Rush and pioneer periods.