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Title
Folsom State Prison Quarry Work
Contributing Institution
Sacramento Public Library
Collection
Sacramento Room Photographs
Rights Information
This image may be protected by Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.). Copyright restrictions applying to the reproduction and use of this image are available from the Sacramento Public Library.
Description
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 crusher. The State of California was a pioneer in the use of convict labor for profit, selling crushed rock to the public for a low price. The Folsom venture also provided impetus to macadamized highway improvement and expansion throughout California. As time went on, however, the lobbying efforts of trade unions, representing professional stone dressers, forced legislation that prohibited convict stone cutting for anything other than prison improvements.
Type
Image
Identifier
2208b
http://cdm15248.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15248coll1/id/2813
Subject
Prisons
Folsom, California
Uniforms
Quarries
Source
Sacramento Room Photograph Collection

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