Friday, January 16, 2009
A few days ago Hubby and I took a ride and ended up at the notorious Folsom Prison.
Actually we visited the museum located just outside the Prison Gates. The museum is run by retired correctional peace officers and the officer we talked with had been in service for 40 years. He had LOTS of stories to tell.
Folsom was built as the first maximum security prison. It relieved the overcrowding from San Quentin Prison. The first part of the grounds was built in 1878 and received its first "visitors" in 1880.
There were many escapes and attempted escapes so a large, very solid granite wall and towers were built and completed in 1923. The wall is made of Hand-cut blue granite for which this area is famous. The tower is manned 24/7. I could take pictures as long as no one was identifyable.
Singer Johnny Cash was one of the more famous entertainers to perform at Folsom. Contrary to popular opinion, he was never incarcerated at this prison.
Didn't mean to post this Lake picture at this time but don't know how to delete it after it was posted. This is Folsom Lake and I will be sharing about it next week. (:0)
Remember to enlarge each of the pictures to see the detail more clearly.