|San Diego Presidio Site|
According to the historical marker at the site, "Soldiers, Sailors, Indians and Franciscan Missionaries from New Spain occupied the land at Presidio Hill on May 17, 1769, as a military outpost. Two months later, Father Junipero Serra established the first San Diego Mission on Presidio Hill. Officially proclaimed a Spanish Presidio on January 1, 1774, the Fortress was later occupied by a succession of Mexican forces. The Presidio was abandoned in 1837 after San Diego became a Pueblo."
|On this hill, July 16, 1769, Padre Junipero Serra and the soldiers of Spain set the Royal Standard, raised the Cross, and dedicated the Mission San Diego De Alcala.|
|Top of the Presidio.|
|I'm always intrigued by scenes like this...|
|US, Mexico and Spain.|
|This is the same flag seen in the Old Town San Diego pics. The flag sits on the site of old Ft. Stockton.|
|Statue memorializing the 500 Member Volunteer Army of the Mormon Battalion.|
The 500 Member Volunteer Army of the Mormon Battalion
While preparing for their exodus to the Great Salt Lake in 1846, Mormon pioneers were asked by the US Government to establish a 500 member battalion for service in the war with Mexico. The troops set out from Western Iowa in July, 1846, and arrived over 2000 miles away in San Diego on January 29, 1847, completing the longest infantry march in history. The expedition helped the US win the war and set the stage for the colonization of the Southwest.