Visitor Center: Monday-Sun 10am-4pm
(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day)
Park: Monday-Sun 9am-Sunset
and scheduled special events
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
COVID-19 Guidelines (February 16, 2022)
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Effective March 1, 2022, state guidance recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, continue masking in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Universal masking remains required in specified high-risk settings. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
New Digital Tour Experience!
Try our new augmented reality tour app!
The new California State Parks' Virtual Adventurer app is a new interactive experience at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Take a trip back in time to experience the town of Allensworth, established in 1908, and learn about the African American pioneers who settled in the heart of California's Great Central Valley.
California State Parks in partnership with Timelooper, Inc. have created a unique augmented and virtual reality tour of the park. You can download the Virtual Adventurer app to your cell phone or other mobile device. Comprised of four different tour stops at the visitor center and historic Allensworth School, this digital tour combines exciting elements like a hologram of Allensworth co-founder and school teacher Professor William Payne, digital animation, historic photographs, 3D augmented reality models, and more!
Things to know:
- Look for the Virtual Adventurer app in the app store on your mobile device.
- Requirements to download: iOS 11.0 or higher and Android 9.0 or higher.
- Cost to download: Free!
- For the easiest experience, download the app before coming to the park. You can download the Virtual Adventurer app at the visitor center at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.
Visit Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
Over a century has passed since the founding of this unique town dedicated to the dignity of the human spirit. Visit Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park to learn about Colonel Allen Allensworth and the courageous group of families and individuals who believed they could create their own version of the "American Dream".
One of the most important buildings, historically and in the memory of Allensworth pioneers, is the two-room schoolhouse built in 1912. This building was in use until 1972 and is furnished as it would have been on a school day in 1915.
Also important to the education of Allensworth's citizens was the Mary Dickerson Memorial Library, about 200-yards north of the school. This building was originally a one-room schoolhouse built in 1910.
Colonel Allen Allensworth and his wife Josephine's residence is furnished to reflect the 1912 time period. This was a kit home delivered by train to Allensworth and assembled onsite in 1911.
Want to get a feel for Allensworth before you visit? Then check out our "virtual tour" webpage containing photographs of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park's historic, restored, and reconstructed buildings.
Visit our Cooperating Association webpage: Friends of Allensworth
Check out our YouTube Channel
Join us on Facebook
Check out our 360 photos on Google Maps/Streetview
When the California Colony and Home Promoting Association filed the Allensworth township site plan with the Tulare County Recorder's office on August 3, 1908, it represented both the culmination of years of prior planning and organization and the start of what was to become the present town of Allensworth. By 1910, Allensworth’s success was the focus of many national newspaper articles praising the town and its inhabitants.
The death of Colonel Allensworth in 1914, the cost of bringing water to the community, and the defeat of a vocational school located in the town made it difficult for the residents to achieve their founders’ dreams over the long term. But the town did remain home to a handful of families and individuals throughout the 20th century, and true to the courage and resolve of its founders, the town has survived and persevered, earning the well-deserved title “The town that refused to die.”
In 1974, the California Department of Parks and Recreation purchased land within the historic townsite of Allensworth, and it became Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Today, a collection of historic, restored, and reconstructed early 20th-century buildings—including the Allensworth’s house, Allensworth School, Baptist church, and library—showcase the dreams of these visionary pioneers.
A yearly rededication ceremony, held on the second Saturday in October, reaffirms the hopes and dreams of Allensworth's pioneers.
Location - Directions
Directions (From Southern California).
From I-5 take State Highway 99 north; 30-miles past Bakersfield, exit at Pond Road and keep going west aproximately 7-miles to State Highway 43. From there, go right (on Highway 43) for about 11-miles to Palmer Avenue. Make a left turn and go over the railroad tracks then turn right to enter the park.
Directions (From Northern California)
From State Highway 99 take the Alpaugh exit in Earlimart; turn right on County Road J22/Avenue 56 (Sierra Way) go aproximately 7-miles to State Highway 43. From there, go left 2-miles to Palmer Avenue. Make a right turn and go over the railroad tracks then turn right to enter the park.
Amtrak: If you are would like to travel to the park by train, please call Amtrak at: 1-800-872-1477 or 1-800-USA RAIL
The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please phone the park office at (661) 849-3433 in advance of your visit to arrange a viewing of the film "Allensworth: A Piece of the World" (a 37-minute film about the park and its history).
Fifteen campsites, open all year, will accommodate RVs or tents. Each site includes a picnic table and a fire ring. Flush toilets and showers are located on the south side of the campground. A dump station (fee is $10, credit card only) is located on the south side of the campground. Facilities for disabled people are available. Firewood is available in Delano approximately 13-miles east of the park. Reservations are not necessary but can be made through Reserve California at least 48 hours in advance of your planned stay.
Climate and Recommended Clothing
The Central Valley, is hot in summer and mild in winter. Rain falls occasionally from October through April. Winter temperatures can be below freezing but snow is rare. Summer temperatures are regularly above 100-degrees. Remember to bring plenty of water, some food, layered clothing, comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Become a Volunteer in Parks
Docent and volunteer opportunities include interpreting the history of a building in the park during special events and assisting with onsite school tours, public tours, and other activities.
A "docent" is a volunteer that has attended training for their position. No previous experience or prior knowledge of the history of Allensworth is required. Learn about the history of the town and residents of Allensworth at docent trainings held virtually and onsite at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park every year. Topics include techniques for giving guided tours, an introduction to California State Parks and the Volunteers In Parks Program, and more. You will receive information at the training to study. Enjoy meeting new friends while volunteering at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.
Docents may range in age from student to senior citizen, must be interested in learning, and have a positive, friendly attitude. A minimum of 12 hours per year is requested but scheduling is flexible. Applicants must complete a preliminary interview, consent to a background check, complete the docent training program, and have reliable transportation to and from the park. Join the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park volunteer family and bring history to life!
Call (661) 849-3433 or email the Volunteer Coordinator for more information about being a docent or volunteering.
Agents of Discovery App
Come help the Ministry of Culture at Colonel Allensworth SHP. Download the Agents of Discovery app on your smartphone or tablet and the Colonel Allensworth mission! The App is FREE! and does not require WiFi or cellular data to play once installed!
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is on the ancestral lands of the Yokuts, which today includes the federally recognized Tachi Yokut Tribe and Tule River Indian Tribe. Allensworth is within the traditional territory of the Wowol, the area of the beaver. Chawlown was a Wowol villlage near present-day Allensworth that moved with the tides of Pa'a'shu, later called Tulare Lake. Pa'a'shu is the center of the Yokuts' world and their creation place, despite its destruction. After the invasion, many of the Wowol arrived at the Santa Rosa Rancheria, which belongs to the Tachi Yokut Tribe.