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Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Review

It's worth the slight detour off Highway 99 to learn about and pay homage to the dream of Allen Allensworth and other black pioneers who in 1908 founded Allensworth, the only California town settled, governed, and financed by African Americans. At its height, the town prospered as a key railroad transfer point, but after cars and trucks reduced railroad traffic and water was diverted for Central Valley agriculture, the town declined and was eventually deserted. Today, the restored and rebuilt schoolhouse, library, and other structures commemorate Allensworth's heyday, as do festivities that take place each October. The parking lot is open only on Thursday, Friday, and weekends, but daily you can park nearby, walk over to the buildings, and peek in.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 4129 Palmer Ave., off Hwy. 43; from Hwy. 99 at Delano, take Garces Hwy. west to Hwy. 43 north; from Earlimart, take County Rd. J22 west to Hwy. 43 south, Allensworth, CA, 93219 | Map It
  • Phone: 661/849–3433
  • Cost: $6 per car
  • Hours: Daily sunrise–sunset; visitor center Thurs.–Sun. 10–4; buildings open by appointment
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  • Location: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
Updated: 05-05-2014

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