Mormon Battalion Historic Site, San Diego

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#6 of 20 in Historic Sites in San Diego
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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  • August 14, 2017
    A great place to learn about Mormon pioneers who were called by the US Army to come to San Diego to help the settlers in that area. Great visual graphics, fun interaction with the hosts, and you even ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This guided tour is a visual history of the Mormon westward migration with the U.S. Army from Fort Leavenworth to San Diego. It takes about 45 minutes and is very well done. The Mormon faith is a cent...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    My absolute favorite place in San Diego to go to period. It's also located in the old town district with a lot of nice restaurants and shopping within walking distance.  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    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'.
  • June 26, 2017
    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..
  • July 4, 2017
    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!!
  • July 4, 2017
    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!
  • June 20, 2017
    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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