Colonel Allensworth

Colonel Allensworth 
Historical State Park Brochure

In 1908 a group of Black Americans led by Colonel Allen Allensworth founded a town that would combine pride of ownership, equality of opportunity, and high ideals. Today California State Parks is committed to the town's renaissance as a living example of the American spirit. Enjoy the video and virtual audio tour below.


CLICK HERE for the entire brochure. CREDIT: Special thanks goes to Steven M. Ptomey, M.A. RPA, California State Park Interpreter III and Park Manager at the Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park who is the voice.

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Brochure Stop 01: Allensworth Railroad Station Stop 02: Johnson Home and Bakery Stop 03: Howard Home Stop 04: Hindsman Store Stop 05: Hindsman Home Stop 06: Singleton Home and Store Stop 07: Allensworth Hotel Stop 08: Smith Home Stop 09: Milner's Barbershop Stop 10: William Scott and Mary Gross Drugstore Stop 11: Mary Dickerson Memorial Library Stop 12: Allensworth Schoolhouse Stop 13: Phillips Home Stop 14: Colonel Allensworth's Home Stop 15: Ashby Home and Dairy Barn Stop 16: Dotson Home and Livery Stable Stop 16: Dotson Home and Restaurant Stop 17: Stockett Home Stop 18: Hackett Home Stop 18: Hackett Barn Stop 19: First Baptist Church Stop 20: Carter Home Stop 20: Carter Livery Stable Visit To Image HTML Map generator

Stop 01: Allensworth Railroad Station ParkMap

Allensworth Railroad Station by The City Project

Stop 02: Johnson Home and Bakery ParkMap

Johnson Home and Bakery by The City Project

Stop 03: Howard Home ParkMap

Howard Home by The City Project

Stop 04: Hindsman Store ParkMap

Hindsman Store by The City Project

Stop 05: Hindsman Home ParkMap

Hindsman Home by The City Project

Stop 06: Singleton Home and Store ParkMap

Singleton Home and Store by The City Project

Stop 07: Allensworth Hotel ParkMap

Allensworth Hotel by The City Project

Stop 08: Smith Home ParkMap

Smith Home by The City Project

Stop 09: Milner's Barbershop ParkMap

Milner's Barbershop by The City Project

Stop 10: Scott and Gross Drugstore ParkMap

William Scott and Mary Gross Drugstore by The City Project

Stop 11: Mary Dickerson Library ParkMap

Dickerson Memorial Library by The City Project

Stop 12: Allensworth Schoolhouse ParkMap

Allensworth Schoolhouse by The City Project

Stop 13: Phillips Home ParkMap

Phillips Home by The City Project

Stop 14: Colonel Allensworth's Home ParkMap

Colonel Allensworth's Home by The City Project

Stop 15: Ashby Home and Dairy Barn ParkMap

Ashby Home and Dairy Barn by The City Project

Stop 16: Dotson Home and Livery ParkMap

Dotson Home and Livery Stable by The City Project

Stop 17: Stockett Home ParkMap

Stockett Home by The City Project

Stop 18: Hackett Home ParkMap

Hackett Home by The City Project

Stop 19: First Baptist Church ParkMap

First Baptist Church by The City Project

Stop 20: Carter Home and Livery ParkMap

Carter Home and Livery Stable by Kenneth A. Larson

Video Interviews

Walter Hoye on location with Joe Bailey, a volunteer patrol officer for the Tulare County Sheriff Department and one of the last residents of Allensworth and Steven M. Ptomey, M.A. RPA, California State Park Interpreter III and Park Manager at the Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park.Top

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California's Only Black American Town

Between 1908 and 1918 to establish Allensworth a town Black Americans could call their own.



Imagine you were a young Black man, the son of slaves, living in a Northern city around 1910, struggling to build a better life for your family. Or maybe you lived in the South and were still at work in the fields that your parents worked as slaves. You might have been surprised to hear of a new town in California founded by former slaves and their descendants, led by a retired 10th Cavalry officer, Colonel Allen Allensworth. Would you hesitate to move to this place? Nah, I didn't think you would. You would have been among some three hundred families making the save move. Challenged by a variety of circumstances and doomed when a water company failed to come through on its promises, the town nonetheless still stands, now as Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. More than twenty (20) buildings in the downtown area have been or are being restored to resemble the town as it was from 1908 to 1918. California's Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park is a destination every Black American should visit, support and call their own. Click here to learn more and how you can join the Friends of Allensworth (FOA). Top


Meet The Friends Of Allensworth

The Friends of Allensworth Chapters promote Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park statewide.

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FOA Friends

The Issues4Life Foundation is a LifeTime Sponsor of the Friends of Allensworth (FOA).

The Friends of Allensworth (FOA) is a non-profit cooperating association that works in partnership with the State of California’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The mission of the Friends of Allensworth is to support, promote and advance the educational and interpretive activities of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. To read our letter from the Friends of Allensworth click here.Top


Learn More About The Town of Allensworth

Here is your chance to tour California's only all Black American town from the Friends of Allensworth.



There is still a dream to believe in. 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 Lieutenant 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. This video was produced by the Friends of Allensworth (FOA). To learn more about the park and how you can join the Friends of Allensworth (FOA) and their mission to to increase the public's awareness of Colonel Allen Allensworth click here. Top

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