The town was named after Colonel Allen Allensworth, a retired U.S. Army Officer and leader of the initial group of organizers. At its peak, Allensworth had more than 300 residents, and featured a schoolhouse, general store, church and a hotel. Many of these original buildings still exist today, and many of the residents are direct descendants of the original founders of more than 100 years ago.
Lewis Neal, Supervisor of Youth Services, said, “Our goal is to educate, empower, inspire and motivate students to learn about their cultural heritage, thereby increasing their self-image and self-esteem in order for them to navigate successfully in school and in life.”
This is the second year that BCSD students have traveled to Allensworth to experience this unique town and educational experience.