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Folsom is famous across the country thanks to a country song about a prison recorded by Johnny Cash in 1956. The city’s rich history actually began more than a century earlier with California’s great Gold Rush and arrival of the railroad. Gold was first discovered along the south bank of the American River in the area known as Negro Bar. The discovery led to massive gold mining operations, as well as a need for rail service.
In 1847, William Leidesdorff, a successful trader who owned a prosperous shipping business, traveled to Sacramento by steamboat to see the 35,000 acres he had purchased years earlier. His land holdings extended from today’s Bradshaw Road along the south side of the American River to the present city of Folsom. That same year, U.S. Army Captain Joseph Folsom’s regiment arrived in California. At the conclusion of the Mexican-American War, Folsom remained in the state and became interested in purchasing the land that Leidesdorff had left to his heirs following his death in 1848.
After a long fight to obtain the land, Folsom hired fellow railroad pioneer Theodore Judah to help establish a town site near the Negro Bar mining spot on the American River. Their early plans included shops along Sutter Street and a railroad depot. Folsom named the new town “Granite City.” and Folsom planned the town as a railroad terminus before there were railroads in California. Though Folsom didn’t live to see it, his dream came true on Feb. 22, 1856 when the first train on the first railroad in the West arrived in Folsom from Sacramento.
Following Folsom’s death at the age of 38, his successors renamed the town in his memory. By January 1856, every lot had been sold, and three new hotels were open in the town known as Folsom. Several decades later, construction began on Folsom Prison. Inmates helped construct the facility, which opened in 1880 when the first prisoners were moved to relieve over-crowding at San Quentin.
Following construction of the Folsom Powerhouse, Folsom made history in 1895 with the first long-distance transmission of electricity– 22 miles from Folsom to Sacramento. The Powerhouse helped usher in the age of electricity with this notable accomplishment. The city’s historic truss bridge was completed in 1893 to transport people, cattle and small vehicles across the American River. In 1917, the Rainbow Bridge opened to accommodate automobiles. It was the only option for crossing the river until the Lake Natoma Crossing opened in 1999.
Following a campaign spearheaded by the Chamber of Commerce in 1946, Folsom became a city. The final vote was 285 in favor of incorporation and 168 opposed. Members of the first City Council were Leland Miller, Harry Patton, Eugene Kerr, Wendell Van Winkle and Norbert Relvas. Hazel McFarland was elected city clerk and Wilma Hoxie was the first treasurer. Council members elected Eugene Kerr as the city’s first mayor.
To learn more about Folsom’s history, visit the Folsom History Museum at 823 Sutter Street. Call 916-985-2707 for hours and directions.
Folsom City Services
Below is a list of the most commonly requested City of Folsom services. For the convenience of our residents and customers, the City of Folsom offers online payment options and other tools and resources that can be completed electronically.
- Animal Services
- Building Inspections
- Building Permits
- Code Enforcement
- Construction Inspections
- Crime Prevention
- Emergency Medical Services
- Facility Rentals
- Garbage and Recycling
- Household Hazardous Waste Removal
- Landscape and Lighting
- Neighborhood Cleanup
- Parks and Recreation Activities
- Public Records Request
- Transit Services
- Utility Billing
- Bulky Waste Pickup
- Business Certificates
- Citizen Alert System
- Classes and Camp Registration
- See Click Fix Folsom: Report problem here
- Household Hazardous Waste Pickup
- Library Account
- News and Information
- Online Building Permits
- Public Safety Notifications
- Utility Billing
Affordable Rental Housing
The City of Folsom creates affordable units by subsidizing projects that are 100% affordable and by requiring developers of market rate projects to include a percentage of affordable units within the project or pay a fee to help fund future affordable projects.
Resources for Affordable Rental Housing
A list of the communities that offer affordable rental opportunities in the City of Folsom is provided below. Each of these communities is privately owned and operated. As such, interested parties should contact the leasing agent at each property that they are interested in to get specific details about affordable rental opportunities at that location.
Please note that most of the affordable housing communities in the City are currently full and that waiting lists for future tenants are common.
Housing Choice Voucher
Sacramento County distributes federal vouchers that provide financial assistance to very low-income individuals,the elderly, and the disabled to help pay for decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing in the private market.
The Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly known as Section 8) is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. For more information, please contact the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency at 916-440-1390 or 916-444-9210
AB987 Affordable Housing Database
In accordance with the provisions of AB 987, the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Folsom (Agency), prior to its dissolution on February 1, 2012, prepared a database of affordable housing units in the City of Folsom that were either (a) developed or otherwise assisted with Low and Moderate Income Housing Funds, including units counted to meet inclusionary and replacement housing obligations.
Please be aware that this is only a record of affordable housing that has been assisted with Low and Moderate Income Housing Funds; it is not a listing of currently available housing.
An electronic copy of the Agency’s AB 987 Database is provided below.
Building Safety Division
The Building Division plan check building permit plans for code compliance, issues permits for commercial and residential construction, conducts building inspections, and assists the public, owners, and contractors with building code questions and issues.
- All pertinent information in the permit application must be filled out and the application must be signed in order to be processed.
- Faxed applications will usually be processed the next business day. You will be notified when the application had been processed and the fees have been calculated. (see acceptable projects below)
- Permits are issued between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
- Incomplete plans and documents cannot be accepted.
2016 California Codes Became Effective January 1, 2017
Please note that since the adoption of the 2010 California Residential Code on January 2011, all newly constructed one- and two- family dwellings and townhouses are required to be equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system in accordance with Section R313.
Steve Burger, Chief Building Official
Acceptable Projects for Faxed Permits
- Minor plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work.
- Replacement of hot water heaters.
- Replacement of wall furnaces or HVAC units of equal or less BTU ratings.
- Re-roofing without adding additional weight to roof (i.e., replacing composition with concrete tile).
- Repair or replace water and/or gas lines.
- Termite repair showing estimate of work and specific items to be repaired.
Plan Check on new residential plans takes approximately 20 business days.
Over-the-Counter Permits can usually be issued for re-roofs, replacement heating and air conditioning units, replacement of water lines, gas lines, water heater replacements and electrical work including electrical service upgrades.
When citizens band together as a Neighborhood Watch group and combine their efforts with law enforcement, a crime prevention partnership is formed.
A Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors who get to know one another and who work together to recognize and report suspicious activities to Folsom Police at 916-355-7231.
Any neighborhood can have Neighborhood Watch. To get started:
- Think about who would be in your group. Typically, it is best to have a group of neighbors whose homes are within visual range of each other.
- Think about who might be a good Block Captain.
- Pick a few dates for a first meeting and contact Folsom Police Department Community Services at 916-351-3409 to arrange for officers and CAPS volunteers to join your first meeting.
Neighborhood Watch groups don’t patrol their neighborhoods or act like police officers. Neighborhood Watch members:
- Get to know each other, know what vehicles their neighbors drive, typical schedules and who lives in the homes so that if something seems off, they can check on each other or report it,
- Report suspicious activity to the Police Department, and
- Share crime information and prevention tips.
Each Neighborhood Watch group is led by a Block Captain. Block Captains are responsible for:
- Creating and maintaining a contact list for all the properties within your Neighborhood Watch.
- Meet new neighbors on the street and inviting them to join in the Neighborhood Watch.
- Distribute any Neighborhood Watch fliers and collect materials from neighbors, as necessary.
- Share information with Neighborhood Watch members in a timely fashion via email or social media groups, such as Facebook.
- Organize meetings with your Neighborhood Watch on a regular basis. Some groups like to meet more frequently and some may only meet once or twice a year. Remember that your Neighborhood Watch group doesn’t need to meet only about crime related issues. Hosting a more social meeting or meetings to help solve other neighborhood issues are great ways to continue to meet neighbors and get to know one another. Don’t forget National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August each year and is a great opportunity for the neighbors to get together!
- Remind neighbors to call the Folsom Police Department if they see anything unusual in the neighborhood. For non-emergency issues, please call 916-355-7231. For crimes in progress or emergencies, please call 911.
- Work as a liaison between your group and the Folsom Police Department Community Services and CAPS volunteers. They can help you with information and materials to help make your meetings a success. They can be reached at 916-351-3409 or at CAPS@folsom.ca.us.
Folsom's Summer 2017 Activity Guide
Registration is open for all summer programs!
To view all of the current programs, click on the individual links below or visit WebTrac, our online registration system.
Summer 2017 Activity Guide (by section):
If you prefer, browse through the entire Activity Guide. Please note that this is a large file and may load slowly on some computers/devices. If you have trouble viewing this file or it is taking too long to load, you may prefer to access the individual sections of the Activity Guide listed above.
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