November 20, 2013

AmeriCorps Team comes to Allensworth

AmeriCorps Team Blue 6 started their six week stay at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on November 15, 2013.  The eight young men and women are the third AmeriCorps team to come to the park; one in 2012 and one earlier this year. Some of the projects completed by the other two teams are:
  •          Painting the hotel
  •         Installing signs for the cell phone tour
  •          Staining and assembling an interpreter shelter
  •          Fixing fences
  •          Painting the campground armadas
  •          Painting the Hackett house
  •          Refinishing the floor in the Hackett house
  •          Repainting a display case
  •          Fixing and painting entrance gates

Stop by the Allensworth AmeriCorps FaceBook page and view photos of the AmeriCorps teams in action. While you are there let Ashvin, Elena, Mattie, Heather, Rick, Joe, Hannah, and Angela know how much you appreciate their hard work.

November 14, 2013

Board Approves Allensworth Bypass

At their November 7th meeting, the California High Speed Rail (CHSR) Authority adopted the staff recommendation for the Fresno to Bakersfield alignment, which includes the Allensworth bypass.  Unlike the BNSF (Burlington North Santa Fe) Alternative through Allensworth, the Allensworth Bypass does not impact Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park or the Allensworth Ecological Reserve. Both the park and reserve are Section 4(f) properties, which are protected by the Federal HighwayAdministration.

On October 10th the CHSR Authority issued a request for qualifications to companies interested in bidding on the 60-mile Fresno-Allensworth section of the rail line. This is the second section of the rail line and will run from the south end of Fresno to the Tulare-Kern county line just south of the community of Allensworth and Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. 

Contractors have until December 6th to submit their qualifications, then only contractors that the CHSR Authority deems qualified are able to bid on the contact for the Fresno-Allensworth section.

November 09, 2013

Park Champion Day at Allensworth

Make a difference at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park;
 be a Park Champion.

Come join members of the park staff and other volunteers at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on Sunday, November 17th for a day of work. The event is sponsored by the California State Parks Foundation’s Park Champions Program; a program created to help control the growing backlog of park maintenance caused by unprecedented cuts to the State Parks’ budget.

The Allensworth work day will focus on applying concrete sealant to the park’s new historic monument and new campground tables. The sealant will help protect against damage from vandalism and the elements.

Kids 10+ welcome with a legal guardian. 


Register online at the California State Parks Foundation website.

For more information about the Allensworth Park Champion Day call 661-849-3433 or email

Date:      Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time:      9:00am to 1:00pm
Where:  Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park