Cindy Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, Charms the Crowd at Ground Breaking

Posted on: March 5, 2014

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Cindy Cash, the daughter of country singing legend Johnny Cash was all smiles as she and local dignitaries broke ground for the Johnny Cash Trail and Bike/Pedestrian Over Crossing last week.

The overcrossing, which will span busy Folsom Lake Crossing Road near East Natoma Street, is expected to open in the fall.
Folsom is known around the world as the site of the prison that Cash made famous with his hit song, Folsom Prison Blues.

The unique prison themed overcrossing will serve as a symbol of Folsom history and a unique gateway for pedestrians, cyclists and

“I love this project and know my dad would have been excited about it,” said Cindy. “I’m so thrilled that you asked me to be a part of this in honor of my dad. He was a great dad and a great artist.”

Cash was a passionate advocate for prisoner’s rights who gave numerous performances at prisons around the country. His two 1968 performances at
Folsom State Prison were among his most successful, forever linking the singer to Folsom. (Contrary to popular legend, Cash did not serve time in Folsom Prison.)

“It took me a long time to get here,” said Cindy, who was just about eight the first time her dad performed in Folsom. “This is the only venue my dad wouldn’t bring me to.” She said she cried that day and told him she wanted to come with him, but he said, “This was one pickin’ and grinnin’ you can’t come to.” Later she understood this was a “no girls allowed” place.

After the ceremony, Cindy sang “Daddy Sang Bass” with the Walking Phoenixes Johnny Cash tribute band, receiving enthusiastic applause from the crowd.

The $3.8 million Johnny Cash Overcrossing is designed to echo the look of Folsom State Prison’s East Gate guard towers.

When completed, the 2.5 mile Johnny Cash Trail will extend from the Historic Truss Bridge to Green Valley Road, traversing prison
property and linking El Dorado County to Folsom’s Historic District and the American River Parkway.

The trail and overcrossing project is being funded with state and federal grants provided by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Cal Trans and the State Resources Agency.

article courtesy of City of Folsom

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Ground Breaking set for Historic Johnny Cash Trail across Folsom Prison Grounds

Posted on: February 24, 2014



Ground breaking is set for this Thursday, for the Johnny Cash Trail.

The first phase is a 2.5 mile Class 1 bike trail which will run from the Folsom Civic Center, along the southern edge of the Folsom prison grounds,  and connect with the American River Bike Trail and Folsom Lake Crossing.

A bridge across East Natoma will complete that segment of the trail, and will have architectural features to reflect the gates of the prison itself.


2 Killed on Folsom Lake Crossing

Posted on: October 13, 2012

At 12:28 in the morning, Folsom Police responded to an accident on Folsom Lake Crossing. When emergency personnel arrived, they found the driver of a Honda Civic deceased and a BMW sport utility fully engulfed in flames. When the flames were extinguished, it was determined the driver hadn’t survived. Police determined that the BMW was driving at excesive speeds, crossed a double yellow line, and struck the Honda.

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Folsom a ‘Strong’ City

Posted on: March 28, 2012

Folsom has been profiled in a promotional website showcasing ‘strong’ cities in California. ‘Strong Cities, Strong State’ is a campaign designed to communicate the importance of local government in California. Among Folsom’s strong points are Palladio Mall, great schools, Historic District revitalization, Sphere of Influence (South of 50 expansion), and Folsom Lake Crossing – all made possible during a huge recession.

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Marathon Run Tomorrow

Posted on: December 3, 2011

The California International Marathon is tomorrow – it starts at Folsom Lake Crossing. They head down Folsom Blvd at early 7am hour and take a right on Oak. Vic’s parking lot is an excellent place to park and cheer on the runners.

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Prisoner Escapes, Picked Up

Posted on: August 2, 2011

A minimum security prisoner walked off of Folsom Prison earlier today. Inmate Terry Yeckley apparently escaped during the day, however was later found within city limits. Folsom Police spotted the prisoner walking on Folsom Lake Crossing and brought him back in to custody.

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Folsom Lake Crossing

Posted on: March 4, 2011

We were fortunate enough to be given access to check out Folsom’s newest bridge, Folsom Lake Crossing, about a week before it opened up. The views of the dam are incredible! Craig and John were escorted by city officials and Mayor Miklos. In retrospect we should have take a picture of the mayor too – the dam was a great backdrop!

You’ll notice a difference in quality in the photos. Craig took the good ones, John’s weren’t as good. :P

Down below is an old canal that used to go to the old prison dam.

This is a rare shot few people will ever see. Even kayakers
can’t make it this far because it’s beyond prison grounds.

Craig snaps a shot of the dam.

Off in the distance you can see a few prison buildings.

The old dam.

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Films and Videos Shot in Folsom

Posted on: February 12, 2011

Folsom is well known for a lot of local landmarks – Folsom Prison, Folsom Dam, and the Rainbow Bridge, to name a few. Fortunately this makes for some compelling video. It’s been featured in several movies and videos over the years.

Captain America II: Death Too Soon

This cheesy 1970′s made-for-television movie was the talk of the town around 25 years ago. Several scenes were shot here in Folsom. There is a large motorcycle chase scene that goes through some undeveloped areas of town, and then culminates with a chase over the Folsom Dam, where Captain America ends up in the American River Below. Later in the movie, Captain America breaks in to a Prison (filmed at Folsom Prison) and makes quite an escape! You may recognize a younger Christopher Lee, known for the Lord of the Rings films, and the late Stanley Kamel, who had a regular role in the TV show Monk.


American Me
The 1992 Edward James Olmos film American Me was filmed at Folsom Prison. The movie is about a Chicano youth who breaks the law and then becomes the leader of a powerful gang at Folsom Prison.

The Jericho Mile (1979)
Filmed entirely inside of Folsom Prison, this was the directorial debut of Michael Mann. The movie is about a prisoner who takes up long-distance running, and even becomes competitive enough to beat Olympic runners.

Papa Roach’s “Time and Time Again”
Local Band Papa Roach filmed “Time and Time Again” in the Sacramento area… the scene starts in Sacramento and ends on the Rainbow Bridge. The chase scene also goes over Lake Natoma Crossing. Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton lives in the American River Canyon North area.

Diggstown (1992)
Starring James Woods & Louis Gossett, Jr., this movie is about a con artist who is just released from prison.

Another 48 Hours
Eddie Murphy’s character is released from Folsom Prison – lots of scenes were filmed here and can be seen in the trailer. The bus accident appears to be in the area as well – White Rock Road maybe?

Folsom Prison Blues
Most are aware that Johnny Cash filmed his famous concert at Folsom Prison in 1965. No known video has been found of this event (though he also played at San Quentin and was filmed there). Joaquin Phoenix’s 2005 biopic Walk the Line has a scene that says it is Folsom Prison, however nothing looks familiar.

Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
The movie that inspired Johnny Cash to write “Folsom Prison Blues”. It is unknown if this movie is available for NetFlix.

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Historic District Real Estate

Posted on: February 10, 2011

The oldest homes in Folsom are located in the Historic District. As you cross the American River this would be the area between the Rainbow Bridge and Lake Natoma Crossing on the east side of the river. These homes tend to be on the “grid” streets, which are within walking distance of historic Sutter Street. Some homes in this area were built in the late 1800′s and many have undergone extensive renovation.Historic District There are some very large multi-level Victorian style homes, but more are smaller bungalow style homes. Many of these homes have been in the same family for many years, and seldom are they available to purchase. When they are available there is a wide range of values and some would be valued close to a million dollars. There are also some newer homes of various styles in the Historic District, which are more readily available. Most of these homes range in price from the high $300,000s to the low $500,000′s.

Since this area is walking distance to Sutter Street its residents enjoy the street’s year-round activities which include peddler’s fairs, craft fairs, and Thursday night markets in the summer time. Numerous eateries, antique and collector shops, specialty shops and art gSutter Streetalleries are located along Sutter Street and the surrounding streets. The city’s first large hotel, Lake Natoma Inn, is located along the river. Several pubs in the area attract large crowds on the weekends. There is even an occasional parade, and Santa Claus has been known to frequent the area.

The Historic Truss Bridge, opened in 2000, provides pedestrian and bike access across the American River and is just part of the extensive network of bike trails through the city. Folsom City Park, the Folsom Zoo and Dan Russell Arena are an easy walk or ride down the bike trail and have many activities throughout the year. The American River at Lake Natoma borders the Historic District to the North and West and provides extensive recreational opportunities.

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Folsom Real Estate

Posted on: February 9, 2011

Thinking of moving to Folsom? It’s a great place to live, work, and play! Take a look at the various areas of Folsom and find out a little more about one of Sacramento’s best suburbs.

Folsom Real Estate Map Folsom Real Estate Map
Are you new to Folsom, wondering where exactly the neighborhoods you hear about are located? Find it here.
Broadstone Real Estate Broadstone
The new Palladio Mall and Folsom Community College are the centerpieces of this area (although the mall isn’t finished).
Empire Ranch
The newest houses in Folsom are currently in the Empire Ranch area. With its golf course and rolling hills, it is always popular.
North Folsom Real Estate North Folsom
Once the Lake Natoma Crossing bridge was opened, this area once again felt part of Folsom, as travel to the other side once again became bearable!
Lexington Hills Real Estate Lexington Hills
The late ’80s and early ’90s saw a large expansion of the Lexington Hills area. With nearby access to the lake, it’s always been an attractive and popular area.
Historic District Real Estate Historic District
The oldest part of Folsom is the Historic District. It’s a mix of homes from the days of the gold rush up to more recently built homes as well.
Natoma Station Real Estate Natoma Station
Natoma Station also grew quickly in the 1980s. This area is well known for an abundance of parks and recreation areas.
Central Distric Real Estate Central District
World War II saw a significant time of expansion in to this area, which is currently the ‘shopping district’ of Folsom, where there is always a hub of activity in the area.
Praire Oaks, Los Cerros, Willow Springs Real Estate Prairie Oaks / Willow Springs / Los Cerros Many parks and walkways line this area, and it is within walking distance to many Intel employees that live in this part of Folsom.
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