About Folsom, CA

Folsom, CA – Then and Now

History of Folsom, CA

What comes to mind when you think about Folsom, CA? Do you think of Folsom Prison? Folsom Lake? Bike Trails? Gold Rush History? Folsom has all of that and much more. Let’s dive in and see what our beautiful area offers.

What comes to mind when you hear Folsom California?

Founded during the California Gold Rush, Folsom has a rich history, not only serving as the end of the line for the railroad and the western terminus of the Pony express, but also the furthest shipping point on the American River. Prospectors and adventurers from all over the world passed through or settled in Folsom, searching for fortune.

Today, Folsom is a modern city, and is headquarters to Intel’s Research and Development campus, which employs over 5,000 engineers and support staff from all over the world. Other high-tech companies have followed, and Folsom is now home to US offices of Voxpro, Maxis, Kikkoman Foods, Gekkeikan Sake (be sure to visit the tasting room!) and Toshiba.

Folsom still keeps its Old West charm with a beautiful Historic District, with well-preserved gold rush era buildings housing museums, shops, restaurants, and bars. The streetscape of the district has undergone a revitalization with new, wider ADA-compliant sidewalks, along with new and landscaping and outdoor seating. New commercial and residential buildings are currently under development in the district, bringing in modern buildings that retain the look and feel of the district.

With ‘shirt sleeves and shorts’ weather pretty much April through October, Folsomites have plenty of opportunity to enjoy our recreational assets.

Water ski on Folsom Lake, or take a quieter approach with a kayak on Lake Natoma.

We’ve got nearly 40 miles of scenic trails for cyclists, joggers, and walkers to enjoy, an aquatic center, and parks in nearly every neighborhood.

Free family-friendly fun events include the Eggstravaganza, fun-runs, free concerts three nights a week during the summer, and our old-fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting.

Grown-ups can enjoy events such as the Tap Folsom Beer Fest, Foothill Wine Festival, or listen to live music while strolling the shops, restaurants, and bars of the Historic District.