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Amtrak San Joaquins to run special trains to  Allensworth Park

The church at Allensworth.
The church at Allensworth.

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is holding a celebratory “re-dedication” event on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10AM to 4PM, and Amtrak San Joaquins has scheduled special trains at a  50 percent discount rate to bring visitors to the park for the historically significant event.

The town of Allensworth was established in 1908 by Colonel Allen Allensworth and at one point was home to more than 300 families. The park is a California state treasure because it was the first town in California to be founded, financed, and governed by African Americans. Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park became a historical landmark in 1974.

The re-dedication is one of four major annual events hosted by Friends of Allensworth (FOA), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to support, promote, and advance the educational and interpretive activities at colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. According to FOA, the re-dedication is “presented to renew the commitment of the citizens of California to help the Department of Parks and Recreation preserve the history of the ethnically diverse contributions made in the development of the state of California and our nation.”

The festival will feature historical re-enactments, storytelling, square dancing, food vendors, crafts, and more.

The southbound trains that will be running for the event include trains 702, 710, 712, and 714. Northbound trains include trains 713, 715, 717, and 719. When purchasing train tickets, a 50 percent discount will automatically be applied to the ticket purchase. Riders can save an additionally 50 percent on up to five companion tickets by using the Friends and Family Discount code (V302). Additional discount programs regularly available to riders includes:

  • Infants under 2 years of age ride for free
  • Children 2-12 years old ride half-price every day
  • Seniors (62+ years of age) receive 15% off
  • Veterans & active military members receive 15% off
  • Disabled riders save 10% off

Visitors attending the re-dedication will be able to take Amtrak San Joaquins trains to the  Allensworth station. From there, riders will be met by a  free  shuttle for the  short ride to the main property. The Allensworth  station is normally a whistle stop on the San Joaquins available to be booked by groups desiring to visit the park.

Train tickets to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park can be booked online at amtraksanjoaquins.com. For more information on how to book a group trip to Allensworth, please contact Carmen Setness, community outreach coordinator for San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), at [email protected].

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