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Allensworth's restored buildings now occupy Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.
Allensworth is an unincorporated area in Tulare Countymarker, Californiamarker. It was a town founded in 1908, with the idea that African Americans could own property, learn, thrive, and live the American Dream. It was named by Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth.

Now designated, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Parkmarker, the community is located in the ZIP Code 93219 and in the area code 661.

Terrain and environment

The terrain is typical of the southern San Joaquin Valleymarker. Excepting the railroad roadbed, there is less than five feet elevation difference across town. Like most of the valley, there has been some subsidence probably related to historic overpumping of ground water for irrigation. While temperatures usually stay above freezing, there can be periods of heavy rain in winter and it is often in the 90-100 °F range during summer. The valley was historically the site of vernal pools and seasonal lakes before twentieth century diversions of water and agriculture. A natural gas well field exists west of town. Burrowing owls, a species active in daylight hours, are sometimes present in the park.

Just north of Allensworth is the grassland and wetland habitats Pixley National Wildlife Refuge, operated by the Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Of great interest, thousands of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis), use this refuge each winter from November through March. Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis), are among the 141 type of birds that can be seen here.

Adjacent to the town is Allensworth Ecological Reserve. The endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) can be found in this area.

Politics

In the state legislature Allensworth is located in the 16th Senate District, represented by Democrat Dean Florez, and in the 30th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Nicole Parra. Federally, Allensworth is located in California's 21st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13 and is represented by Republican Devin Nunes.

Footnotes

  1. Checklist of Birds of Pixley National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Natural Resource Projects Inventory (NRPI) Catalog - Allensworth Ecological Reserve Restoration Project


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