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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  • We have been here twice. This time we stayed with our motorhome. We like space 10. It is a very interesting State Park. A town developed for African-American families, by African-Americans. The... 
    We have been here twice. This time we stayed with our motorhome. We like space 10. It is a very interesting State Park. A town developed for African-American families, by African-Americans. The...  more »
  • 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... 
    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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  • My husband and I went with one of our clubs on a tour to Allensworth years ago and spent the day going from one historic building to another with a very knowledgeable guide. We learned the history of the trials the towns people went through and some funny facts about the hotel and the Ladies of the evening. We went to the little dry goods store and got pickles and chow chow that I am sure were canned by one of the local ladies. This is a fascinating place to visit and you can camp here as well or just bring the family and a picnic lunch and spend the day. It is definitely worth the trip and there is a lot to see here. The guides are very good about answering any questions you may have and the whole trip was very enjoyable.
  • The information and history of the town is very interesting. If the visitor center is closed there is a self guided tour that use an QR reader or telephone number. There is a camping area with 13 campsites. The time of year you go might be a issue if you are heat sensitive.

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