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“A Gem of a find”

Mormon Battalion Historic Site
Ranked #18 of 430 things to do in San Diego
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“A Gem of a find”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

We took a wrong turn and wound up high on a cliff looking down at the city of San Diego. We saw a sign that said Mormon Battalion Historic Site so we went to look and learned some history we had never heard before. This site was about the first Americans who came to San Diego which was a group of Mormons who got enlisted by the Army to blaze a trail to the west coast. The story is fantastic about their struggles they had from Iowa, a 2000 mile journey with no established roads, stores or conveniences.

Getting lost seems to be a habit of ours as we were looking for Old Town San Diego and got turned around as we went down the high hill from the memorial. We finally got headed right and stumbled upon the Mormon Church new exhibit on Juan street. There is a chuck wagon in front of a brand new adobe building. It was early in the morning and they were open and FREE so we decided to go in.

I cannot tell you how delighted we were with the presentation of the story. The ladies were dressed as pioneers, and they led you from room to room where a continuing movie of the saga interacted with the guests. My husband served as a model when they showed the visitors what a soldier of the 1840 era was outfitted with--from flintlock, to hat. We took pictures and I will have to add them later.

The program was EXCELLENT--not to be missed and so much of the history of San Diego's early years are given there. Young children can pan for gold out back. They have an observation deck to overlook the Old Town...and did I mention it was free?

It is located right next to Heritage Park and the parking across the street is free too. Great shops and low cost in the Old Town section. Old Town itself is set up nicely with free exhibits and reproduction buildings (some original) of a historic nature. Go there!

Visited February 2012
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“We are now honorary Mormons”
Reviewed February 5, 2012

It was free, in Old Town where we had dinner and open until 9:00 pm. Although new the building is done in period style and the docents are in period costume. The history of how the Mormons came to fight in the Mexican American War is told through video.

Visited January 2012
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“Great stop”
Reviewed January 25, 2012

The high tech story told about the mormon battalion makes you feel like you were really there. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed.

Visited January 2012
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“So good we went twice in our one week vacation.”
Reviewed January 16, 2012

Everything is interactive and free. Our kids ages 12, 11, 8, 5 were all involved and didn't want to leave. In fact on our final day in San diego they picked to go again over other major attractions. Did I mention it's ALL FREE?

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“Great place to spend time on your weekend!”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

We went there and enjoy it a lot! We got to learn little history about Mormon and it is real close to Old Town which they offer great Mexican food!!!

Visited March 2011
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