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Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

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Address: 4099 Douglas Ave., State 43, Allensworth, CA

First town in California to be started by African Americans.

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Cool off the path gem

I happened upon this... I don't really know how... likely from Good Sam or somewhere, but I RV all over and look for these little off the path places. The collection of turn of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Orange County, California
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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I happened upon this... I don't really know how... likely from Good Sam or somewhere, but I RV all over and look for these little off the path places. The collection of turn of the century buildings and the great cell-phone tour are worth the trek! Especially if you're in an RV because they have a GREAT RV park. I... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016

We arrived Sunday afternoon. The ranger and volunteer were so happy to see us there! We watched a video on the history of Allensworth, narrated by Danny Glover. This is a place everyone should see. The experience we had of seeing a real part of history that is never mentioned in history books was our highlight of the day! This... More 

2 Thank Charon J
Central Valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere was ripe with celebration during the Annual Rededication. I learned a lot of the history and enjoyed seeing the remodeled buildings. Docents were in costume and it was a exciting to see so many people come out to learn more about Allensworth. Keep up the good work.

1 Thank 19132015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2015

Slave makes good. No offense meant, as this town was founded by a freed slave and today leaves his legacy. Entry is $6, $5 SR. It is the honor system, and we are the only one I saw pay of the four I saw come in. There were several motor homes parked in the overnight area (separate fees). Toilets are... More 

1 Thank ranles76
bakersfield, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a real treat if you take the time to WALK around read all the details about each building!! We even brought our lunch and used the areas provided to have a bbq and spend the day enjoying each other. The cost is $6 and they use the honor system and so be honorable so this park will be... More 

3 Thank Marnie C
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

2 Thank Traveler11California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

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.

1 Thank MommaRosado
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!!!

2 Thank Shelby8143
Fresno, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

6 Thank ReillyClan
Bakersfield, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

5 Thank Dinneen G

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