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

Mormon Battalion Marker

 
 
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Photographed 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.
 
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Photographed By Michael Kindig, June 22, 2008
2. Mormon Battalion Marker
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these topic lists: Churches & ReligionMilitaryRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Mormon Battalion series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1914.
 
Location. 33° 36.462′ N, 117° 41.612′ W. Marker is in Mission Viejo, California, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Charlinda Drive. Marker is located on Aliso Creek Bikeway in Sycamore Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Forest CA 92630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aliso Creek Adobes (here, next to this marker); Sycamore Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Juan Avila Adobe (approx. 0.2 miles away); History (approx. 1.1 miles away); Whale Fossil (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fossil (approx. 1.3 miles away); La Paz Road & Chrisanta Drive (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fossil Reef (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mission Viejo.
 
Historical Site - Sycamore Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Mormon Battalion Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, May 8, 2022
4. Mormon Battalion Marker Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,008 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on May 10, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 26, 2022