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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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  • Learn about a battalion that never went to battle. Meet the people who built twenty wells for settlers in San Diego but didn't stay to settle themselves. Pan for gold with the progeny of those who beg...  more »
  • If you like history you'll enjoy visiting this site. They do a creative job telling a story about how Mormons helped the early settlement of the west, and San Diego in particular. There is no cost for...  more »
  • I learned so much about the history of San Diego and the people of the Mormon Faith that helped to build the city.  more »
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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.