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State Park History, Juneteenth & National Parks in Allensworth, California

Best things to do in Allensworth CA - Carmen Setness - Trooper Dave Jones and his horse at Allensworth event

Trooper Dave Jones and his horse at Allensworth event.

I’m really excited to interview Trooper Dave Jones, Carmen Setness, and Sasha Biscoe of Friends of Allensworth about Allensworth, California. Their tips for the best things to do in Allensworth are awesome because they share the story of how California’s first town solely funded by African Americans was formed, how it fell off the map, and how the community is keeping its story alive.

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Allensworth State Historic Park.

Allensworth, California

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park visitor’s page. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Allensworth CA - Carmen Setness - Singers at Allensworth Juneteenth Celebration

Singers at Allensworth Juneteenth Celebration.

Getting around Allensworth

The local airport is Meadows Field Airport (BFL) in Bakersfield, California. It is about a 40-minute drive to Allensworth. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Trooper Jones, Carmen and Sasha say that for special events, like the park’s annual rededication event and the Juneteenth Celebration, Amtrak San Joaquins offers special trains with discounted tickets to and from the State Historic Park.

If you fly into Bakersfield or plan on traveling to other places in the area, like the National Parks to the east, it is a good idea to rent a car. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Allensworth CA - Carmen Setness - Buffalo Soldiers at Allensworth rededication

Buffalo Soldiers at the Allensworth Rededication celebration.

Places we talked about on the Allensworth, California podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Trooper Jones, Carmen Setness, and Sasha Biscoe about Allensworth, California. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Allensworth, California
  • Green dots = best things to do in Allensworth, California
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Allensworth, California

Who are Trooper Jones, Carmen Setness, and Sasha Biscoe?

Trooper Dave Jones, embodying the spirit of the Buffalo Soldiers’ 10th Cavalry, serves as a living link to the historical significance of Allensworth, ensuring the legacy of these trailblazers endures authentically. As a dedicated representative, Trooper Jones preserves the essence of the Buffalo Soldiers, keeping their contributions alive for generations to come.

Carmen Setness is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Amtrak San Joaquins and excels as a communicator. She ignites awareness for organizations through vibrant social media campaigns and engaging community gatherings. She continues to cultivate partnerships throughout the San Joaquin Valley, exemplified by the thriving collaboration with Friends of Allensworth and the Allensworth State Historic Park.

Sasha Biscoe serves as the President of The Friends of Allensworth, the cooperating association for Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. With a committed mission of supporting endeavors within the park, Sasha works tirelessly to elevate public awareness of Chaplain Allen Allensworth, the historic town, and the significance of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

Best things to do in Allensworth CA - Carmen Sasha and Trooper Jones

Here are a few articles about both Amtrak and the State Historic Park:

You can connect with Trooper Dave Jones, Carmen Setness, and Sasha Biscoe on their website and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Best things to do in Allensworth CA - Carmen Setness - Guests entering schoolhouse at Allensworth

Guests enter the historic schoolhouse.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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