Editor’s note: Folsom A to Z is an intermittent series in the Telegraph where readers can learn facts and history about Folsom. Each week, the Telegraph will select a landmark, place, historical figure and major historical event that start with the next letter of the alphabet. This week we continue with “N.”
- “Nisenan” (Nee-Seh-Nahn) simply means “the people.”
- The Nisenan mountain peoples inhabited the foothills to the crests of the Sierras for thousands of years before the Gold Rush.
- They lived in harmony with the land, harvesting acorns, hunting wild game and collecting native plants for food and medicine.
- Nisenan Community Park was named for the native peoples of the Folsom region.
- Evidence of their presence within Nisenan Community Park is preserved by bedrock grinding stones in the oak grove, and along Willow Creek where acorn meal was made.
- This park celebrates the history of the people who lived within these lands.
- Maidu and Miwok descendants of the Nisenan live in surrounding communities and are still spiritually connected to this land.
- Today, you may catch a glimpse of wild turkeys, red-tailed hawks, rabbits, small rodents, snakes and even a coyote or bobcat in the parklands and open space.
- This park and oak woodlands are now a rich amenity for the present community which makes Folsom “Distinctive by Nature.”