Earlimart, California: Ghost Town Founded by African Americans

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Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Address:
Highway 43, Earlimart, CA
Directions:
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. 30 miles north of Bakersfield on Hwy 43, 7 miles west of Earlimart on County Road J22.
Hours:
10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
661-849-3433
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Colonel Allensworth State Park.

Ghost Town Founded by African Americans
Visionary community founded by African Americans -- now a ghost town. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Ghost Town Founded by African Americans

With a tiny, staffed visitor center (that shows a 37-minute movie about the site), more than a dozen reconstructed buildings, and a rich history, this mostly unknown state park deserves better.

[John Francis, 07/10/2017]

Allensworth ghost town.

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Fascinating place. Great exhibits, nice staff!

[Kurt, 08/02/2015]

Allen Allensworth was born as a slave in Louisville, Kentucky in 1842. He established this remote California town in 1908 with four other African American settlers. By 1914 there were 200 residents. A number of buildings remain and are maintained by the state parks system, including Colonel Allensworth's home, furnished as if it was still 1912.

Black Ghost Town

Restoration of buildings seems to be complete, much better than the two pictures. High interest for history buffs.

[Ed Eldridge, 10/16/2011]

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