Sacramento audio tour: Historic Folsom: A Walking Tour around the Old Town

Historic Folsom: A Walking Tour around the Old Town

Walking Tour

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90 mins
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1.5mi

About the Tour

Join me on this historical walk while we look into the past with gold-tinted glasses and uncover stories buried in the dusts of time.

Our tour begins at the corner of Riley and Scott Street in Folsom’s Historic District and ends on Truss Bridge, with tranquil views of the American River. We’ll take in Figueroa Street, where you’ll find beautiful homes built in the late 1800s, and Sutter Street, which was once Folsom’s main street – and a picturebook Old Western main street. We’ll pass by restaurants and wine rooms and curio shops, along with Folsom’s old rail yard, which is now a revitalized town plaza. Finally, we’ll end our adventure on the Truss Bridge.  

On this walking tour, you’ll hear about: 

• Local Native American history 
• California’s early history 
• The history of Folsom and some of its early residents 
• The history of the railroad in Folsom
• The history of the gold rush and how its connected to Folsom 
• The Victorian homes in Folsom 
• The history of hydroelectricity in Folsom
• The revitalization of the Historic District in Old Town Folsom 
• Johnny Cash and the “Folsom Prison Blues”

This tour is about two miles long and it’ll take about two hours to walk depending on how much time you spend in any of the museums, restaurants, wine rooms or shops along the way. 

Note COVID-19: I initially was not going to publish any walking tours while things were in such uncertain times. But I had a change of heart. I do not know, no one knows how long we will be living with the repercussions of this pandemic, but there are still adventures to be had, safely! And that is what I am attempting to provide. While some, or none of the stores, restaurants, museums or wine rooms may be open while you take this tour, this is still an opportunity to see what historic Old Town Folsom has to offer once it can be open again. Enjoy this walk of a unique gold rush town and get outside! Wear a mask when you cannot socially distance. Happy Adventures!

Tour Producer

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Lynn Momboisse

Hi! My name is Lynn and I am a native of California and have resided in Northern California for most of my life. For many years I lived in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea where I co-authored the book Historic Homes and Inns of Carmel-by-the-Sea. My love of history and passion for discovering the beauty of the Golden State has led me to create a fun little blog titled "Adventures of a Home Town Tourist" where I recount many of my walking tours and hiking adventures throughout the world. I currently live in the majestic Sierra Foothills and will be exploring and writing about my adventures throughout this gorgeous country. And now I'll be able to further share my travels with you through the power of the new VoiceMap tour app. I can't wait for your to join me. Happy Adventures!

Major Landmarks

  • Sutter Street

  • Rainbow Bridge

  • Lake Natoma

Directions to Starting Point

Parking Lot Corner of Riley and Scott behind the Folsom Electric Power and Lighting Building

From Highway 50 North
Exit at Folsom Blvd. use the two left lanes to turn left onto Folsom Blvd. Turn left on Greenback Lane, cross the Rainbow Bridge, pass the Folsom Powerhouse, turn left at Scott and right into the parking lot.

From Highway 50 South
Exit at Folsom Blvd use the two left lanes to turn left on Folsom Blvd. . Turn left on Greenback Lane, cross the Rainbow Bridge, pass the Folsom Powerhouse, turn left at Scott and right into the parking lot.

From Highway 80 North
Exit Elkhorn Blvd. / Greenback Lane use the left two lanes to turn left onto Elkhorn Blvd. Once you cross the freeway this turns into Greenback Lane. Continue about 7 miles where Greenback Lane will turn left. Continue on Greenback Lane, cross the Rainbow Bridge, pass the Folsom Powerhouse, turn left at Scott and right into the parking lot.

From Highway 80 South
Exit Elkhorn Blvd. / Greenback Lane use the right two lanes to turn right onto Greenback Lane. Continue about 7 miles where Greenback Lane will turn left. Continue on Greenback Lane, cross the Rainbow Bridge, pass the Folsom Powerhouse, turn left at Scott and right into the parking lot.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

I give you lots of options, you decide where to stop, it is your adventure!

Best time of day

It depends on what you are coming to Folsom to visit. If you just want to walk around, then daytime hours are the best to walk this tour.

Sutter Street comes alive with Edison string lights strung across Sutter giving the town a tranquil background to enjoy a unique dining or wine tasting experience.

You will have the opportunity to visit the following museums if open:
Folsom History Museum, (Tues – Sun 11 – 4 $10 per adult, 823 Sutter Street), Pioneer Village (Tues – Sun 10 – 3 Free $5 suggested donation, 196 Wool Street) Folsom Rail Road Museum ( Sat and Sun 11 – 4 Free, 198 Wool Street) Folsom Powerhouse Museum (Wed – Sun 12 to 4, 9980 Greenback Lane)

You will have the option of visiting the following wine rooms if open: Merlo Family Estate Vineyards wine room,(Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 6 pm, 815 Sutter Street), D’Artagnan Vineyard and Crystal Basin Cellars (Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 7 pm and Sunday 12 to 5 pm, 813 Sutter Street), The Filling Station (Thursday through Saturday from 3 pm, 815 Sutter Street), Willamette Wineworks (Friday through Sunday 11am to 3pm, 824 Sutter Street inside the Roundhouse)

Precautions

The homes that you will be viewing are privately owned so please respect resident’s privacy and don’t go behind private gates or fences. Use caution when crossing the street, and watch for uneven ground and low hanging tree limbs when walking. When you come to intersections, make sure that any cars coming your way see you and have stopped. Just be mindful of your surroundings as you enjoy this walk.

Keep your phone out of your pocket or purse while you walk as it is easier for GPS to pick up the signal this way.

If you use your phone to take pictures along your walk, note that using the video setting will shut down the VoiceMap app and you will need to restart the tour.

During the summer months it can be quite warm, so dress accordingly, and bring water.

In map mode, there will be a blue dot on the map showing your location at all times. If you venture off the course you may use the blue dot to assist you getting back on the tour path. The blue dot will show your position in relation to the tour as well as upcoming stops that will trigger related audio content. You may pause your tour at any time and press resume to start up again later. We suggest you select the Settings option on the lower right and make sure the Distance is set to yards/miles, the Tour Player Autolock to Off and Audio Lost Alert to Off.

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Historic Folsom: A Walking Tour around the Old Town