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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2016
Charon J
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 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

2 Thank Traveler11California
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3 of 5 stars 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 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!!!

2 Thank Shelby8143
Fresno, California
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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 

6 Thank ReillyClan
Bakersfield, California, United States
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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 

5 Thank Dinneen G
Moreno Valley, California
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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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