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Johnny Cash Honored by City of Folsom

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The California city Johnny Cash made famous in one of his best-known songs is honoring the legendary singer’s legacy.

Cash’s landmark 1968 album ‘At Folsom Prison’ is one of the most critically acclaimed albums in country music history, listed by Time magazine among the 100 greatest albums of all time. The album’s best-known song, ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ contains one of the most iconic lines in country music: “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.”

Now the city of Folsom is recognizing Cash with a new construction project. City leaders unveiled the first section of the Johnny Cash Trail and Overpass in a ceremony on Oct. 4. The $3.8 million overpass is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that was meant to reflect the prison’s east gate guard towers. Once the 2.5-mile trail is complete, it will traverse prison property and link several nearby trails.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the city is planning a fundraising drive to raise the money to complete the remaining elements of the project, which includes infrastructure for a two-acre park next to the bridge and a series of art installations along the trail, featuring a 40-foot steel statue of Cash. City officials say completion of the project will require $3 million.

Cash’s daughter, Grammy winner Rosanne Cash, was on hand for the unveiling.

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