Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, Allensworth

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Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is a state park unit of California, United States, preserving Allensworth, the only California town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans. The small farming community was founded in 1908 by Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth, Professor William Payne, William Peck, a minister; John W. Palmer, a miner; and Harry A. Mitchell, a real estate agent, dedicated to improving the economic and social status of African Americans. Colonel Allensworth (1842–1914) had a friendship with Booker T. Washington and was inspired by the Tuskegee Institute and development in its neighboring town. Allensworth hoped to develop the "Tuskegee of the West".
Uncontrollable circumstances, including a drop in the area's water table, resulted in the town's demise. Allensworth is now an unincorporated area in Tulare County.

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is also an Amtrak conditional-flag-stop train station on the San Joaquin trains.

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  • My wife and I recently took the self guided tour of the Colonel Allensworth State Park. The community was a great idea that seemed to suffer from a succession of unrelated tragedies that kept it...  more »
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  • We were basically the only campers.. beautiful views..no lake...clean bathrooms and hot showers..Was pleasantly surprised to find out it was the first black town that was founded and ran by black people.. Historical... check out the visitor center..It has great info on the town and colonel allensworth.. .
  • ❀❀❀WHAT A TRUE BLESSING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ IT WAS TO FINALLY MAKE IT OUT HERE FOR THE ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION FOR MY VERY FIRST VISIT. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL PARK IS WORTH THE VISIT AND ALL THEY HAVE TO OFFER THROUGHOUT THE EVENT. THE VENDORS, FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT AND PEOPLE MADE ME FEEL LIKE FAMILY. I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!❀❀❀ THE HISTORY TOUR OF THE PARK, IT MAKES ME SO PROUD TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF MY PEOPLE. I'M SO EXCITED TO GO BACK FOR THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION THAT THEY ALSO HAVE EVER YEAR THE SECOND SATURDAY IN OCTOBER. I HOPE TO SEE NEW FACES JOIN ME AND I HOPE TO SEE THE ONES I MET TODAY AGAIN. GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ EVERYONE THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS EVENT AND I PRAY WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE THIS EVENTπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡.

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