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Colonel Allenworth State Historic Park

Born into slavery in Louisville, Kentucky on April 7, Allen Allensworth was encouraged by his mother to learn to read and write. At 12, he was sent away for violating the law by getting an education. When 1862 he fled slavery by joining the Union Army Forces and was honorable discharged as a chief petty officer. After the Civil War he received the formal education he always wanted. He married in 1877 Josephine Leavell a schoolteacher gifted in music, they have two daughters. In 1886 he receives his doctorate of theology, and he becomes a chaplain to the 24th Infantry only one of four African American regiments. He retires as a lieutenant colonel in 1906, which was the first African American to do so.

Allensworth family decides to settle in Los Angeles in 1906. He meets up with Professor William Payne who have the same desires to create a settlement that Black people can live free from discrimination, establish independence by establishing a self sufficient colony. They form the California Colonization and Home Promotion Association in 1908 and purchase 800 acres along the Santa Fe Rail Road near the Solita stop.

Poor Allensworth fell on on times with not having enough water sources for their crops, railroad moved their train stop, and when Colonel Allensworth was killed by a motorcyclist while attending another church he was preaching at, the town lost its desire to continue. Some stayed till the 1960's, but left after arsenic was found in the water. Buildings were moved, some fell into decay, while others caught fire. Allensworth almost disappeared.

What buildings you will see here were totally rebuilt by the park services and Friends of Allensworth Society from the memories of those who lived here once and old photographs. Some of the few structures that were still remaining were used to reconstruct new ones. There were so much more, but they are still trying to find more information on the rest of the structures. You can look inside, but be careful of spider webs:)

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  • Last visit to Allensworth: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 26, 2011
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    What a history of his life and the end tragedy. The park looks like a very nice place to see/do. I will be close in Sept when going to Sacramento/Yosemite area.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    What a nice idea to make a special tips on all the houses, lovely :) Too bad arsenic was found in the water back then.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    What an interesting style of Church. I would enjoy looking at all these historical buildings. Great page!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    It reads like an modern day ghost town out that way. The Dodson's surely tried to keep it going for a while. It is a sad event to see these towns die, and more on the horizon. You provided a good depiction

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Wonderful how they have kept this town a a museum of the time.Looks to be kept in very good order.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    Thank you, Dee. Great information about Allensworth State Park. Beautiful photos of that lovely, modest First Baptist Church.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    What interesting tips. You have done a lot of research for it.

  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Great page of another historical city! :) Have a wonderful week!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Wonderful and neat Allensworth travel page complete with great photographs. The town certainly has many lovely houses to visit and explore. Thanks for your virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    A very interesting page full of history about Allensworth. This little town reminds me of the little town where I was born.


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