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Address: 4099 Douglas Ave., State 43, Allensworth, CA
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Description: First town in California to be started by African Americans.

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Step Back Into History

This is a great park to bring the family to learn about California History. They have a good movie presentation and you can arrange for a guided tour of the buildings on site if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This is a great park to bring the family to learn about California History. They have a good movie presentation and you can arrange for a guided tour of the buildings on site if you have a large enough group -- Bring your lunch and have a picnic

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This historic park shows and gives insight to a birth, boom, and death of a town. It does give a great picture to how towns where all started, how they boomed, and what happens when most towns dry up. It's a nice history lesson, as well as aspiring.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

This was a great stop just off the 43. Lots of history from the early 1900s. There are a bunch of original buildings and the state employees are very knowledgable. A definite must!!!

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Fresno, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
39 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

We took the kids here on a whim. We saw the sign on the freeway and just headed that way. Very glad we didn't miss it and it has a certain feeling of the past standing in the present with you. It is very hot if you visit in the summer so I suggest planning a spring, fall, or winter... More 

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Bakersfield, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

My family enjoyed camping here...not a lot of people...quiet...and really cool to see the original homes of this state park, which, if I am not mistaken, was the first African American township west of the Rockies. A fully self-sufficient community until the railroad redirected the train lines...then economic dispair hit the town. You can see the original schoolhouse, etc. I... More 

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Moreno Valley, California
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398 reviews 398 reviews
81 attraction reviews
659 helpful votes 659 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

During the African American period of 'forced self-reliance' (as Jim Crow-based customs hardened) around 1900, a Booker T Washington-sponsored group tried to establish a thriving agricultural community in the 'boonies' of remote Central California. Although initially successful, some bad luck and soil salinity problems unfamiliar to those mostly Southerners soon choked the crops and forced Allensworth's abandonment. A few elderly... More 

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long beach, ca
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2010

The park officials offer weekend ghost tours. Follow them on Facebook to stay informed. I have personally spoken to employees who have me convinced Col. Allensworth Park is haunted. They've even had private groups of "investigators" do their research there about the ghosts.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

This is one of the best pieces of black history available. It is a little far from my home in Oakland but I do try to get there every year in October when they have a redeaction cermony It is always very interesting to me. It is expensive, well put together and a great pieces of Black History to explore.... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2010

I disagree with the previous reviewer's take on Allensworth. It is not a ghost town. It is a State Park that gives homage to Lt Colonel Allensworth. The homes are being renovated. the plan is to try to replicate what the town looked like when it was founded. There are festvals several times a year. The homes that have been... More 

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long beach, ca
2 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2010

I frequent Col. Allensworth State Park for camping because it's so secluded. The only real attraction is the ghost town, You can sometimes find a few people walking around in the afternoon on weekends but you can see all that in probably an hour or less. The terrain is flat and dry. no hiking, no water. This settlement was a... More 

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