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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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  • This was truly a highlight of our visit to Old Town. Great for all ages. Interactive & informative history shared in a fun way. Friendly staff. Beautiful newly remodeled museum (No admission charge!) ...  more »
  • The use of technology and the different rooms, made this a very informative and entertaining presentation, and you get to pan for gold. 
  • Located in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, found by chance in the middle of the walk. Mormonism and at that time of history and historical background, how to move indoors, some can experience the atmosphere of the time, very interesting, was impressed with the production. Take me photos free of charge. Pretty long tour takes about an hour and a half. Kind guide of young women dressed in costumes of the time was impressive. Last Placer rake is popular with children.
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  • We bring visiting guests here EVERYTIME, it is a staple in our "entertain guests" agenda. AND its FREE! The interactive tour is great for the young and "older" and everyone in-between. Even though I have been on the tour dozens of times, it never gets old... its a fascinating story of San Diego's history, one of many but definitely one the best stories told.
  • Fun historical Mormon site! It's an interactive tour and then you can afterwards view the artifacts from the period. Great family spot.
  • Interactive displays and learning about the Mormon Battalion March. Also, picture taken by them and panning for "gold". Friendly staff.
  • Learned a lot. Interactive. Fun gold searching activity for kids afterward.
  • Not your average historical site. I'm not going to go into too much detail as to ruin it, but the tours are more involving than you might expect. Unlike a typical historical site, this place will keep children and adults alike interested. I definitely recommend visiting this location if you're already considering it. And if you are not considering it, maybe you need to.