“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Mule Hill

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By T. Elizabeth Renich, June 16, 2008
1. Mule Hill Marker
Inscription. On December 7, 1846, day following Battle of San Pasqual fought five miles east of here, General Stephen Kearny’s command while marching on San Diego was attacked by Californians. The Americans counter-attacked, occupied hill until December 11 when march was resumed. Short of food, they ate mule meat and named the place “Mule Hill.”
Erected 1950 by California Centennials Commission. (Marker Number 452.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks marker series.
Location. 33° 3.308′ N, 117° 4.169′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Pomerado Road near Interstate 15, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located just before the north-bound on-ramp to I-15. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20397 Palmarado Road, San Diego CA 92128, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); San Pasqual Battlefield (approx. 5.1 miles away); San Pasqual (approx. 5.1 miles away); An Incident of the Mexican War (approx. 5.5 miles away); DJ Ranch Formerly: Kent Farm (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dearborn Memorial Park (approx. 6.1 miles away); Porter House (approx. 6.1 miles away); Baldwin Locomotive No. 3 (approx. 6.1 miles away).
More about this marker. Standing
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By T. Elizabeth Renich
2. Mule Hill Marker
at the marker, facing north, you will see the North County Fair Shopping Mall. Towards your right (eastward) you will see Mule Hill, but the hill itself is not marked.
Regarding Mule Hill. The Battlefield at San Pasqual and interpretive museum are about five or six miles away. See "Nearby Marker" An Incident of the Mexican War for additional information.
Also see . . .
1. A Study of the Location of Mule Hill. In the San Diego Historical Society Journal of Spring 1975, Konrad F. Schreier writes of the study of Mule Hill. "In 1970 the late Colonel Berkeley R. Lewis of Vista, California, informed the author he believed the presently accepted location of Mule Hill, where General Stephen Watts Kearny's command camped after the Battle of San Pasqual in 1846, was incorrect. Further discussion with Colonel Lewis and Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Sorensen of Vista, as well as a brief visit to the site, confirmed this view. Following this a detailed study was made, which shows that Mule Hill at present is improperly designated." (Submitted on March 13, 2011.) 

2. Is An American Calvaryman Still Buried on Mule Hill?. The answer is.......... (Submitted on March 13, 2011.) 
Additional keywords. Battle of San Pasqual, General Stephen Kearny
Categories. War, Mexican-American
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By T. Elizabeth Renich, June 16, 2008
3. Mule Hill
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