"Dodson House and Restaurant" Allensworth Things to Do Tip by Yaqui

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The plaque reads:
William and Louise Dotson and their four children, moved to Allensworth from Oakland, California. Upon arrival, Mr. Dotson supported the family working at various jobs. In 1914, they opened a restaurant in the front part of their home. Expanding from their restaurant business, Mr. Dotson purchased Elmer Carter's livery service in 1915 and built a large barn to the north of his house. He also constructed a small blacksmith area where an itinerant smith provided minor services, such as horseshoeing and repairing ironwork on farm equipment and vehicles for the town folks. Dotson's timing for his livery service, however, was unfortunate. Railroad freight was a major source of business for Allensworth, but a spur line to Alpaugh, constructed in 1914, took most of the traffic. Mr. Dotson and his wife continued their commitment to the community. He was elected as Allensworth's first constable in 1914. Mrs. Dotson served as custodian of the Allensworth public library from 1916 to 1919, when they moved to Fresno, California.

Star Route 1
Box 148
Earlimart, California 93219

Directions: Off of Hwy 43, turn left on Palmer Ave across the tracks.
Phone: 661-849-3433
Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=583

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  • Updated Sep 6, 2010
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