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Mormon Battalion Historic Site, San Diego

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Visit the stomping grounds--quite literally--of a Mormon military unit from the Mexican-American War at Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Unique for being the only religion-based military unit in American history, this battalion included roughly 550 volunteers led by Mormon officers. The battalion is well-known for its gruelling march of almost 3,219 km (2,000 mi) from Iowa to San Diego. The site reveals the historic significance of the march and the battalion's triumphs through a series of interactive exhibits. Animation, video, and costumed actors enhance the guided tours, led dutifully by knowledgeable staff. To visit Mormon Battalion Historic Site and get the most from your holiday in San Diego, create itinerary details personal to you using our San Diego itinerary maker.
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  • We really liked the staff and the interactive dispays. The teenagers even had fun. The staff were really friendly. The total guided tourvwas about 45min. To an hour.  more »
  • Located in old town near parking lots. Very nice interactive tour that tells the history of how the Mormon Battalion marched 2,000 miles from council bluffs Iowa to this location. Active US Army servi...  more »
  • Buried in Olde Town, up the hill. Free. Much of the tour features videos of the Mormons who joined the 19th century US Army and embarked on the longest march in US military history. to help combat the...  more »
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  • This is a fun little exhibit on the Mormon Battalion! They take you from room to room and give you a good idea of what happened during the Mormon Battalion era. This does play into how San Diego really got it start as well. So it's a good history lesson for anyone who wants to learn more about it. Very friendly staff. And you get your free picture taken and a chance to pan for 'gold'.
  • Loved it. I told the family here after walking around old Town for a hour. Felt it would be nice to have a interactive tour and yes. Per other Googlers great spot to learn and step out of the sun. Enjoy..
  • Very educational and interesting! Who knew such a small number of people paved the way for cities, the gold rush, and learned to farm a desert from their sacrifice. Very kid friendly and we got to keep 2 pieces of gold each!!
  • Neat piece of history of San Diego. Interactive elements that the kids loved, doesn't take too much time to see most everything. Highly recommend!
  • This place is a fantastic way to hear the story of the Mormon Battalion. Super friendly staff. Short but high tech storytelling. Free parking! Great for kids.