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    • Themis

    • April 14, 1889
    • Founded and edited by a talented team of newspapermen, educators, lawyers with political savvy and clout, Themis was envisioned as a completely independent journal offering counsel and providing access to justice and law. A literary journal with...
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    • Three-Dimensional Map of Folsom Lake Area

    • 1952
    • Taken on May 10, 1952, this photograph shows a three-dimensional rendition of the Folsom Lake area. The project was completed by inmates at the Folsom State Prison on behalf of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. In addition to Folsom Lake, prominent...
    • 1363
    • Folsom Water Power Company Power Canal

    • 1895
    • The Folsom Water Power Company’s power canal runs toward the powerhouse of the Folsom State Prison in this circa 1895 photograph. The canal – built with granite harvested by Folsom prisoners – ran eight feet deep, was 40 feet wide on the bottom...
    • 2213b
    • Folsom Water Power Company Dam

    • 1895
    • Pictured in circa 1895 is the dam of the Folsom Water Power Company at the Stony Gorge section of the American River, one mile northeast of Folsom, California. The dam was the brainchild of Horatio Gates Livermore who wanted a way to float logs...
    • 2213c
    • Folsom State Prison Old Administrative Building and Cellblock

    • 1900
    • As seen from the northeast in circa 1900 is Gothic-style Folsom State Prison. As early as 1878, it was the State’s intent to make Folsom a branch prison of San Quentin. In accord, it received its first 44 inmates from San Quentin in July 1880. ...
    • 2212b
    • Folsom Lake

    • 1955
    • As taken from the east, this circa 1955 photograph shows Folsom Lake, Folsom Dam, and includes a view of an unpaved boat ramp. In the distance, and across the lake, is Beal's Point. Mentioned as early as 1851 in the Sacramento Union, the feature...
    • 1793
    • Folsom State Prison 1893 Jailbreak Participants

    • 1893
    • This circa 1900 photograph displays seven of eight participants in a June 27, 1893, jailbreak at Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California. The eighth player was ex-Folsom convict Bill Fredericks who vowed to break several of his prison mates...
    • 2204
    • Folsom State Prison’s Original Officers and Guards Building

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    • This circa 1900 photograph shows the Folsom State Prison’s original Officers and Guards Building. Tucked into the southeast corner of Folsom, the structure was built in 1895, as indicated by the date stone, which reads “MDCCCXCV.” Two guards...
    • 2210b
    • American River near Folsom

    • 1997
    • Rapids fill the flooded American River near Folsom in this January 1997 photograph. The Folsom Dam's ability to control the amount of release from Folsom Lake was crucial in minimizing the volume of water running downstream toward Sacramento. ...
    • 1655e
    • Watermelon in Folsom State Prison Mess Hall

    • 1892
    • Pictured in 1892 is the Folsom State Prison mess hall. Watermelons, stuck with spoons, await inmates. A guard stands near a back door and a smattering of prisoners sit around the room. Due to a 450-acre section of well-irrigated, arable land...
    • 2207a
    • Rainbow Bridge, Folsom, California

    • 1980
    • Folsom California’s iconic Rainbow Bridge was described in this circa 1980 “Colourpicture” postcard as “the first and only bridge to survive the early day floods and rampaging American River.” Currently a former bridge has been brought back to use...
    • BBSAC937
    • Folsom State Prison Convicts

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    • A line of Folsom Prison inmates make their way toward the lower yard rock quarry in this circa 1910 photograph. Prisoners who worked the quarries toiled daily for seven-and-a-half hours and without a lunch. Starting in 1884, the prison resolved...
    • 2208a
    • Folsom State Prison Quarry Work

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    • This circa 1900 photograph shows several inmates at work in one of Folsom Prison’s lower yard quarry. A derrick is at the ready for lifting extracted rock. To the lower-right of the photograph is a portion the prison’s electric-powered rock...
    • 2208b
    • Folsom State Prison Exercise Yard

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    • This circa 1900 photograph reveals Folsom’s exercise yard. Inmates are involved in some type of physical activity. The earliest proponent of recreation at Folsom was Warden Charles Aull. Starting in 1894, he organized baseball teams with games...
    • 2208c
    • Band Practice at Folsom State Prison

    • 1900
    • Taken in circa 1900, this photograph reveals the prison yard at Folsom Prison, as viewed from the east. Arranged in a circle, the prison’s band conducts a practice session while inmates and prison staff observe. Years later, a ten-piece orchestra...
    • 2208d
    • Folsom State Prison from China Hill

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    • From the vantage point of China Hill, this circa 1900 photograph shows the western portion of Folsom Prison. In the foreground is a tiered vegetable garden, a portion of the 15-acres allotted for such. Also visible to the left are the prison...
    • 2211b
    • Folsom Field Day at Folsom State Prison

    • 1924
    • This July 4, 1924 photograph shows two African American couples at Field Day festivities, held every Independence Day at Folsom Prison. The tradition was instituted by Warden Charles Aull, and included live entertainment, baseball games and a...
    • 2214b
    • Folsom State Prison Orchard, Watch Towers and Power House

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    • In the foreground of this circa 1900 photograph is an orchard, a portion of the Folsom Prison’s allotment of 20-acres for fruit production. Beyond the orchard and to the left of the frame is the prison’s Gatling gun tower. The structure beyond...
    • 2211d
    • Rainbow Bridge on American River

    • 1997
    • The Rainbow Bridge is the scene of a flooded American River near Folsom in January 1997. The American River's Nimbus and Folsom dams were able control much of the water volume and pressure moving toward the levees along the lower river, thus...
    • 1658a

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