Wednesday, May 27, 2009

California Historical Landmark #633

Old Folsom Powerhouse
California State Historical Landmark #633

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This landmark is located in the Folsom Powerhouse State Park, Greenback Lane, Folsom, California. There are 57 other California State Historical Landmarks in Sacramento County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 40.818 W 121° 10.594.

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California Historical Landmark #633

In the 1850s, Horatio Gates Livermore and later his sons, Horatio P. and Charles E., pioneered the development of ditches and dams on the American River for industry and agriculture. One historic result was Folsom Powerhouse, which began operations in July 1895. Power was delivered to Sacramento at 11,000 volts, a new achievement in long-distance high-voltage transmission which the capital celebrated by a grand electric carnival September 9, 1895. The original generating plant, still in place, remained in continuous operation until 1952. The plant was donated by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to the State of California to preserve its historical values.

California Historical Landmark #633
California Historical Landmark #633

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