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Day Trip to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park in Tulare County and More!

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Feb 10 7:30AM - 5:00PM

What we'll do
Please Note: Read the directions below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) This is a Day Trip to Earlimart, a town about 20 miles North of Bakersfield. We will have multiple stops for food and maybe another museum or two besides the state park we will be visiting.

2) I am arranging for a carpool that will be meeting at 7:30 AM and leaving from the Sepulveda Garden located at 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Park at Rubio Avenue. 3) There will be food vendors at the Colonel Allensworth State Park we can have breakfast at. We will have a late lunch later in Bakersfield at Woolworth's Diner.

I have been wanting to visit Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park for several years now. It is a piece of unique Black history within CA . The challenge is its far distance from LA and there are only certain times of the year when they offer living history types of tours. Also, it gets very hot during Summer time, so not a good time to visit. So when I found out that they would be having an Open House this Saturday to celebrate Black History month, I knew this would be my chance. So we will leave LA early to head up to Earlimart and then afterward, have lunch in Bakersfield and possibly visit a museum or two before heading back to LA. So come join me for day tip to Earlimart and Bakersfield!

From their website:

"Come celebrate Black History Month with us! Guest speakers, food vendors and our docents telling the history of Allensworth. Blacksmithing demo at 1130, CSUB Genelogy program and Guest speaker from Fresno city College at the Church.

In August 1908 Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers established a town founded, financed and governed by African Americans. Their dream of developing an abundant and thriving community stemmed directly from a strong belief in programs that allowed blacks to help themselves create better lives. By 1910 Allensworths success was the focus of many national newspaper articles praising the town and its inhabitants.

An unavoidable set of circumstances made it impossible for the residents of this tiny town located 30 miles north of Bakersfield 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 California State Parks purchased land within the historical townsite of Allensworth, and it became Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Today a collection of lovingly restored and reconstructed early 20th-century buildingsincluding the Colonels house, historic schoolhouse, Baptist church, and libraryonce again dots this flat farm country, giving new life to the dreams of these visionary pioneers.

With continuing restoration and special events, the town is coming back to life as a state historic park. The parks visitor center features a film about the site. A yearly rededication ceremony reaffirms the vision of the pioneers."

What to bring
Bring at least $25 for food, and if you carpool, please give your designated driver at least $15 for gas and car maintenance. There are also admission fess to the Buena Vista Museum and the Museum of Art.

First Stop: Colonel Allensworth SHP Open House

Second Stop: Buena Vista Museum of Natural History located at 2018 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301

More info: http://www.sharktoothhill.org/

Third Stop: Bakersfield Museum of Art located at 1930 R St
Bakersfield, CA 93301

More info: http://www.bmoa.org/

Fourth Stop: Late Lunch at Woolworth Diner located at:[masked]th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Yelp reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/woolworth-diner-bakersfield

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