Big House Museum at Folsom PrisonLoading
  • Jim Brown
    Jim Brown tells prison stories at the Big House Museum at Folsom Prison. Brown spent 32 years on the inside as a guard. Since retiring in 2000, he has been the volunteer operations manager of the small public museum just outside the prison walls and is leading an effort to replace the ridiculously small space with a much larger facility on the prison grounds. He is a full-time volunteer with an endless trove of Folsom Prison stories.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
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    A page in a "mugshot book" shows Folsom prisoners in 1929. The two photographs are the prisoners upon arrival and the photograph on the right is after they were shaved and put in their prison outfit. Big House Museum volunteer, Jim Brown, will search these mugshots for people's loved ones upon request.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jim Brown
    A variety of handmade knives made by inmates are on display at the Big House Museum at Folsom Prison.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jim Brown
    This double barreled gun was made by prisoner, Richard Miles is 1981. Rumor had it that Miles intended to kill inmate Hugo Pinell, from a rival gang. Jim Brown was in the lead, escorting Pinell out to the area where Miles was waiting with the gun tucked in the waistband of his pants, cocked and loaded. Fortunately for Brown, who may have been the first person shot in the impending "hit," another officer discovered the gun just in time to prevent the violence. The gun is on display at the Big House Museum.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jim Brown
    Jim Brown tells prison stories at the Big House Museum at Folsom Prison. Brown spent 32 years on the inside as a guard.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jim Brown
    Jim Brown shows a page in the book he authored called "Images of America, Folsom Prison" on sale at the Big House Museum.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jim Brown
    Items on display at the Big House Museum at Folsom Prison. The museum is very small and warehouses are stocked with even more memorabilia that will be displayed when the larger museum opens.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jim Brown
    A weapon made of sharp pencils that an inmate made is on display at the Big House Museum at Folsom Prison.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jim Brown
    The Big House Museum is currently located in a 900 square foot building that was constructed in the 1880s. They are currently working on creating a larger museum.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jim Brown
    Jim Brown shows a drawing of the larger Big House Prison Museum that's currently in development. This will house items that tell the story of prisons nationwide.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
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