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Mission Viejo in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mormon Battalion Marker

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, June 22, 2008
1. Mormon Battalion Marker
Inscription. Dedicated to the valiant members of the historic Mormon Battalion who stopped here on March 20, 1847, as they marched from San Diego to Los Angeles. A division of the U.S. Army of the West, these brave soldiers, trusting in God, overcame incredible odds and faced unequaled hardships in extending the frontiers of our country to include this land of promise.

The 500 loyal men of the Mormon Battalion, recruited from the camps of the Mormon pioneers who had just been driven from the United States, enlisted to serve their country in the war with Mexico. These faithful men left their families on July 20, 1846, and marched 2,000 miles on foot--the longest march in U.S. history, arriving in San Diego on January 29, 1847.

After building a wagon road to the West, the industrious Battalion members worked tirelessly, fortifying old Ft. Stockton in San Diego, constructing Ft. Moore in Los Angeles, and performing community service projects. The Battalion played a major role in maintaining the peace, establishing political stability in the territory, and shaping early California history.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Battalion marker series.
 
Location. 33° 36.462′ N, 117° 41.612′ W. Marker is in Mission Viejo
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By Michael Kindig, June 22, 2008
2. Mormon Battalion Marker
, California, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Charlinda Drive. Click for map. Marker is located on Aliso Creek Bikeway in Sycamore Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Forest CA 92630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aliso Creek Adobes (here, next to this marker); Whale Fossil (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fossil (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fossil Reef (approx. 1.5 miles away); Heritage Hill Historic Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Heritage Hill Historic Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Serrano Adobe (approx. 2.7 miles away); Sergeant Matt Davis Park (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mission Viejo.
 
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By Michael Kindig, June 22, 2008
3. Historical Site - Sycamore Park

This site was part of Rancho Canada de Los Alisos, a land grant given to Don Jose Serrano by Mexican Governor Pio Pico on May 27, 1846.

Two historical plaques are located at the park's western edge.
City of Mission Viejo Heritage Committee

[The two plaques mentioned are the Aliso Creek Adobes marker and the "Nearby" Mormon Battalion marker.]
 
 
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