Historic Folsom

The Historic District is the heart of Folsom, rich in history and bursting with charm. Known as the ‘Heart’ of Folsom, the Historic District began in the 1850’s. Gold prospectors, settlers and the Pony Express rode through the center of town. The West’s first passenger train was a welcomed event. Fires destroyed many businesses in the 1860s and 1880s. New brick buildings replaced wood structures and new water mains and fireplugs provided more fire safety.

By 1915 autos were the favored mode of travel and the Sutter Street segment of the Lincoln Highway opened. This was part of the first transcontinental highway from New York to San Francisco. Sutter Street became the heart of Folsom’s business district housing the bank, drug stores, movie theater, hotels, and more.

Take a stroll along our sidewalks and visit one of the 80+ businesses located in the area. Spend the day shopping at our antique and specialty shops. Enjoy a fabulous meal- from simple to fine dining; you will be pleased by our wide variety of restaurants.

If you are looking for something to do, visit our live theatre, museums and art galleries. We feature extensive nightlife options including trendy clubs to laid back taverns and wine bars. Stay overnight at our own Lake Natoma Inn, a 138 room, lakefront, full-service hotel.

The Revitalization Project for Sutter Street was completed in 2011. This much needed face-lift preserved the historic character and ambiance while improving the overall utility and look of Sutter Street.


Awards

The Historic Sutter Street Revitalization Project received the Excellence Award from The California Downtown Association in the physical improvement category.

The Sacramento Chapter of American Public Works awarded the Historic District with its Project of the Year for Restoration and Preservation.

The Historic Folsom Station received the Transit Oriented Development of the Year in 2010 by Regional Transit.