Amtrak San Joaquins to Run Special Trains to Allensworth State Historic Park for 2024 Juneteenth Celebration, June 8

Trains will bring visitors to celebrate Juneteenth at a site unique to California’s African American history

Stockton, CA – Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is holding its annual celebratory Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. In partnership, Amtrak San Joaquins has scheduled a special stop at the park for multiple trains, bookable at exclusive half-price “Allensworth fares.”
Travelers from Southern California, the Bay Area, or the Central Valley are invited to experience a scenic day trip aboard the Amtrak San Joaquins, arriving directly at the gates of this historic landmark and festival. Attendees are encouraged to book now to secure their seats and to enjoy further savings by combining discounts, as detailed on the Amtrak San Joaquins Deals webpage.
The Juneteenth Festival is a key annual event 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. The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the June 19th, 1865, arrival of Union troops in Galveston Texas, bearing news that the institution of slavery had been terminated and that the remaining enslaved black people in Texas were free by executive decree.
Over a century ago, Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers paved the way for a discrimination-free destiny when they established Allensworth—a visionary town founded, financed, and governed by African Americans. Today, you can witness the legacy of this trailblazing community come alive with captivating re-enactments, storytelling, and tours of the lovingly restored and reconstructed early 20th century buildings. Step into the Colonel’s house, walk the halls of the historic schoolhouse and explore the church and library for an inspiring journey through a pivotal moment in history.
“Since launching this special train program in 2019, Amtrak San Joaquins has been an important partner in reconnecting people with this significant cultural site,” said FOA President, Sasha Biscoe. “We are proud to continue our partnership, offering a unique and convenient travel option that enhances access to our Juneteenth Festival. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the significant savings available and enjoy the scenic, comfortable ride on Amtrak San Joaquins, making both the journey there and the return trip part of a memorable experience.”
Event activities will include square dancing, self-guided tours of historic buildings, historic games with prizes, storytelling, and arts and crafts. Food and refreshment vendors will also be present. Also, travelers can bring their bikes and chairs aboard Amtrak trains and Thruway buses.
The southbound trains running for the event include trains 702, 710, 712, 714. Northbound trains include 713, 715, 717, 719, and 703. When purchasing train tickets, a discount will automatically be applied where you can then combine this reduced ticket with additional savings regularly available to riders including:
  • 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 15% off
  • View deals
Visitors attending the Juneteenth Festival can take the 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, visit the special event webpage or contact Carmen Setness, community outreach coordinator for San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), at Carmen@sjjpa.com.

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