Vernon in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Battle of La Mesa
La Batalla de La Mesa
— January 9th, 1847 —
La Batalla de La Mesa
Battle of La Mesa
January 9th, 1847
Commodore Robert Field Stockton U.S.N.
in command of American forces
General Jose Maria Flores
commanding the Californians
Copy of map in U.S. official records made by Lieut. Emory who was engaged in this battle.
Erected 1926 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Historical Society of Southern California, Union Pacific Railroad and Los Angeles Union Stock Yards. (Marker Number 167.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 34° 0.297′ N, 118° 13.845′ W. Marker is in Vernon, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Santa Fe Avenue and E. Vernon Avenue, on the right when traveling south on S. Santa Fe Avenue Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4305 S Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Mesa Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); Apex / Club Alabam (approx. 1½ miles away); The Downbeat Club (approx. 1½ miles away); Fire Station 30 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (approx. 3 miles away); Automobile Club Headquarters (approx. 3.1 miles away); St. Vincent Court (approx. 3.1 miles away); Japanese-American Soldiers (approx. 3.1 miles away).
More about this marker. This monument was originally erected on the property of the Union Stock Yards near the intersection of Exchange Avenue and Downey Road. As stock yards closed and the area became more industrialized, the monument was moved and then moved again to its present location in front of the City of Vernon City Hall. In more recent years it was replaced near its original location by a regular California Historic Landmark (CHL) plaque on a pathetic concrete monument, six inches tall, along the railroad right-of-way. This marker has since been stolen and that monument sits empty.
Union Pacific R.R. provided the boulders. Ramona Parlor #109 provided American and California Bear flags to fly over the site. The dedication ceremony began with the arrival of a stagecoach escorted by California vaqueros and was followed by a barbecue, provided by Union Stock Yards, music and dancing. (Grizzly Bear, August 1926, pp32-33)
Regarding The Battle of La Mesa. Even the casual observer will notice that this engagement is known by two names: The Battle of La Mesa and The Battle of Los Angeles. This Battle of Los Angeles should not be confused with the February 24-25, 1942 incident often known by the same name.
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