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    • 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
    • Themis

    • February 24, 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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    • 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
    • Sacrafornian, 1927

    • 1927-01-01
    • Founded in 1876 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools at the southwest corner of Twelfth and K Streets, Christian Brothers School has held subsequent locations at Twenty-First and Broadway, and 4315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. After a...
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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 Original Administrative Building

    • 1905
    • Pictured in circa 1905 is the Folsom Prison’s ivy-shrouded administrative building, completed in 1881. Up until 1914, the Warden’s residence was located on the top floor of the building. It was moved to just beyond the East Gate that same year. ...
    • 2211c
    • 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
    • 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
    • Themis

    • April 7, 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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    • Guards in Folsom State Prison Mess Hall

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    • This 1894 photograph shows the mess hall at Folsom State Prison. Three guards stand at the ready, armed with lead-tipped canes. No firearms were allowed inside the cellblock. Most of the prison’s guards were hired locally. The primary criteria...
    • 2207b
    • 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
    • West Gate of Folsom State Prison

    • 1900
    • This circa 1900 photograph shows the inner portion of the Folsom Prison’s West Gate. Just beyond the gate is the administrative building, with the Warden’s residence on the top floor. Left of the frame is the prison’s original cellblock. ...
    • 2210a
    • 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
    • East Gate and Warden’s Mansion at Folsom State Prison

    • 1920
    • This circa 1920 photograph shows the Warden’s Mansion, resting next to the Folsom’s East Gate. Completed in 1915, the structure eventually became home to prison personnel and business services offices. Standing in front of the East Gate is a...
    • 2210c
    • 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
    • Approaches to Gate Entrance at Folsom State Prison

    • 1930
    • This circa 1930 photograph provides a view of the idyllic southern approaches to Folsom State Prison, also known as Represa. In the distance is the prison’s Entrance Gate, built in 1902. Just to the right of the gate is the registration post. ...
    • 2212a

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