Mormon Battalion Historic Site, San Diego

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Visit the stomping grounds--quite literally--of a Mormon military unitĀ from the Mexican-American War at Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Unique for being the only religion-based military unit inĀ 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. Plan my day in San Diego using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Very well done. Explains some history of the San Diego area. Very tastefully done. Great for anyone visiting, regardless of faith. Very well suited for children too!  more »
  • Our small group was moved from room to room where a brief presentation was made in each about the Mormon Battalion. Our guides often talked with pictures on the wall that came to life, making the stor...  more »
  • We had an hour to spare before jetting off to catch the plane home. This was right next to our hotel, so we thought we'd check it out. There is a 40 minute guided tour that we just made, and it was fa...  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.

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