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Mormon Battalion Historic Site

In January of 2010, the Mormon Battalion Historic Site was relaunched and opened for the public to see. Visitors will step into the past and experience what it was like to live Battalion life. The new site got a major facelift and added new technology additions and new exhibits. If you are interested in experiencing some of the history of the San Diego area, make sure you plan a trip to the Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

About the Mormon Battalion Historic Site

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is a location where early settling of California occurred. The Battalion traveled from Iowa and chose the current location of the site due to its proximity to the ocean to rest and await orders. The entire battalion remained in San Diego only a short while before four companies were sent to San Luis Rey and Los Angeles. Company B remained in the San Diego area from late January to early July 1847. While at the site, Battalion members assisted the local community by building homes, digging wells, assisting crops and more. The visitor center at the Battalion site is the location where the Battalion set up shop while in the area. The location has been turned into a historic site to show visitors what life was like in the settling of the San Diego area.

Using New Technology

The new facility is not just about great technology improvements, but it uses technology to highlight the story of the Mormon Battalion Historic Site. To help tell the story of the Battalion members, the center has self-guided tours and interactive presentations that are fun and informative. The center is aimed at the young and old alike, which make their tours a great activity for families and adults alike. Tours are generally hosted by missionaries in period dress and last about forty-five minutes.


The San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site is open seven days a week and the visitors offer tours in both Spanish and English. The center is completely free for guests and is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If you are interested in learning about the history of the founding and life in early California, make sure you stop by this amazing facility. You are sure to learn a lot during your visit and your will not regret seeing this interesting piece of history.

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