During the California Gold Rush, a series of mines sprang up along the American River, quickly becoming the beginnings of Folsom. Folsom was one of the first cities on the West Coast to have a rail station, with the area's first train ever steaming in from Sacramento. After the introduction of the railroad, Folsom kept on growing, staying on the crest of the technological wave with the first long-distance electrical transmission from the Folsom Powerhouse to Sacramento. Folsom has since stayed on this wave, keeping pace with state development and becoming a vital part of the engine that is the California economy.
Bicycling in Folsom
As a perfect complement to its size Folsom has an extensive system of bicycle and pedestrian trails. The trails provide an excellent option for outdoor commuting and recreation, especially given the area's excellent weather. There are 34 miles of trails are already in use with more still being added, making the already extensive trail system a great way to combine exercise and travel time. BikeLink locking cubbies are available at Folsom Regional Transit Centers for securing bikes so that commuters can travel without worrying about their bikes. Folsom also provides bike maps of the city both through purchase or download.