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Johnny Cash Honored In Folsom With $3.8 Million Pedestrian Overpass

by Caitlin Carter   Oct 6, 2014 17:14 PM EDT

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Johnny Cash's iconic album At Folsom Prison was released more than 45 years ago, but now the California city is honoring the late singer by naming a pedestrian overpass after him. Over the weekend, the first section of what will be The Johnny Cash Trail and Overpass was unveiled.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the $3.8 million overpass begins at Folsom Lake Crossing Road and East Natoma Street. It will function as a pedestrian and bike bridge with the design echoing the prison's east gate guard towers. Spanning 2.5 miles, The Johnny Cash Trail and Overpass extends through the prison property and links with current trails near Folsom Late and City Hall.

Another $3 million is being raised to pay for infrastructure for a two-acre park alongside the bridge as well as art installations along the trail, including a 40-foot statue of The Man in Black.

Cash's daughter Rosanne Cash assisted in the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, to commemorate her father's legendary performance.

Cash released his album At Folsom Prison in 1968. He recorded it live from two shows at Folsom State Prison on January 13, 1968. Fifteen of the tracks were taken from his first performance and two from the second. It ended up being Cash's highest-charting album.

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