Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park


During the Civil War, Allen Allensworth escaped slavery in Kentucky and served in the Union Army. When he retired in 1906, after serving forty years as a chaplain in the all-black 24th Infantry of the United States Army, he held the rank of lieutenant colonel -- the highest ranking African-American in the U.S. military. In 1908, the retired colonel founded the town of Allensworth in the San Joaquin Valley. Committed to achieving good, stable lives in a strong community, the village thrived and soon boasted the hallmarks of success: post office, school, churches, and businesses. Col. Allensworth died in 1914, but the town forged ahead until the water table dropped. The loss of a water supply and the gradual change to an economy based on huge agricultural landholdings eventually undermined the community. Today, the town site is open to visitors as California's first historic park to recognize African-American pioneers. Your first stop should be the visitor center, which is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. After an overview of the park's history, step outside for a self-guided tour of the town buildings. Interpretive signs explain the historical significance of major sites and buildings, and you can listen to push-button audio recordings at most buildings. Groups may arrange for a guided tour by contacting the park ranger. Check with the park for a schedule of special events. A small campground offers tent and RV sites with a picnic table and camp stove at each site. Pets: Leashed pets are permitted on campgrounds but not on any trails, on most beaches, and in park buildings. Guide dogs are exempt from these restrictions. Reservations, fees, and requirements: California has a central telephone number for reservations at state park campgrounds: 800-444-7275. There is a nonrefundable fee charged for each reservation made. Because California parks are extremely popular, reservations are highly recommended for all campsites. Most state parks charge a nominal day-use fee, which varies from park to park depending on facilities.


4099 Douglas Avenue
Just off of State 43
Earlimart, CA 93219


35.86401700, -119.38690500
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(661) 849-3433

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