Natomas Consolidated of California

Natomas Consolidated of California (HM4AW)

Location: Folsom, CA 95630 Sacramento County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 39.255', W 121° 10.952'

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Natomas Company activities started in this area in 1857 with the acquisition of 9,000 acres from the Joseph L. Folsom estate.

Early partners engaged in water, granite quarrying, agriculture, vineyards, gold mining, hydro-electric power and helped build Folsom Prison and historic Folsom Powerhouse. After 1900, Natomas began gold dredging operations. Estimates are that one hundred million dollars in gold were taken from this Folsom field. The last of seven working dredgers was dismantled in 1962 and sent to South America.

Here stood the town of Natomas, Natomas offices, water tower, machine shop, retort house (where gold was melted and poured into bars), train station, post office and company homes. All buildings were painted yellow and employees were know as "Yellow Town Kids." Street names were "Whiskey Row," "Rowdy Ridge" and "Poverty Gulch."

Dredging was interrupted during World War II. Converted machine shops produced parts for the Department of the Navy, earning Natomas Company the Army/Navy "E" Award.

Ties of a common past still bind Natomas Co. with Folsom.

Plaque placed by Natomas Real Estate Company and Folsom Historical Society
August 1988
HM NumberHM4AW
Year Placed1988
Placed ByNatomas Real Estate Company and Folsom Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 658146 N 4279976
Decimal Degrees38.65425000, -121.18253333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 39.255', W 121° 10.952'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 39' 15.30" N, 121° 10' 57.12" W
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Area Code(s)916, 408
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 185 Blue Ravine Rd, Folsom CA 95630, US
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