Johnny Cash at Folsom State Prison

January 13, 1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison.

Folsom State Prison is a California State Prison located in the city of Folsom, approximately 20 miles (30 km) northeast of the state capital of Sacramento. It is one of 33 prisons operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Opened 137 years ago in 1880, Folsom is the second-oldest prison in the state, after San Quentin, and was the first in the United States to have electricity.  Folsom was also one of the first maximum security prisons, and as such witnessed the execution of 93 condemned prisoners over a 42-year period.

Folsom is probably best known in popular culture for concerts performed at the facility by musician Johnny Cash, particularly in 1968, when the two shows of January 13 were made into a live album.  He had written and recorded the song “Folsom Prison Blues” over a decade earlier.

The U.S. Postal Service issued a forever stamp in 2013 commemorating Johnny Cash:

 

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