The Georgia Murray Building

He is the founder of what is now Folsom, California.

- Joseph Libbey Folsom

Folsom is named for Joseph Libbey Folsom who purchased Rancho Rio de los Americanos from the heirs of San Francisco merchant William Alexander Leidesdorff, and laid out the town called Granite City, mostly occupied by gold miners seeking their fortune in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

- Folsom, California

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Portrait of William Alexander Leidesdorff

William Leidesdorff

One of the earliest biracial-black U.S. citizens in California and one of the founders of the city that became San Francisco.

One of the earliest biracial-black U.S. citizens in California and one of the founders of the city that became San Francisco.

Portrait of William Alexander Leidesdorff
William Alexander Leidesdorff memorial in San Francisco, CA

Leidesdorff Street in San Francisco, California and Leidesdorff Street in Folsom, California are named for him.

Settlement of the estate was complicated by the actions of Joseph Folsom.

Pacheco Adobe, built 1835 by Salvio Pacheco on Rancho Monte del Diablo.

Rancho Río de los Americanos

35521 acre Mexican land grant in present-day Sacramento County, California given in 1844 by Governor Manuel Micheltorena to William Leidesdorff .

35521 acre Mexican land grant in present-day Sacramento County, California given in 1844 by Governor Manuel Micheltorena to William Leidesdorff .

Pacheco Adobe, built 1835 by Salvio Pacheco on Rancho Monte del Diablo.

The grant originally consisted of 8 square leagues and extended from the eastern border of John Sutter's New Helvetia (east of Sacramento) 4 leagues along the south bank of the American River, to the eastern end of present-day Folsom, and included present-day cities of Rancho Cordova and Folsom.

Captain Joseph Libbey Folsom (1817–1855), a graduate of West Point had come to California in 1847 as Captain and Assistant Quartermaster of Jonathan D. Stevenson's 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers.