Maps, Museums, Monuments and Markers

Maps

The simplified map below indicates routes used by the Mormon Battalion and its detachments during the enlistment year; 16 July 1846 to 16 July 1847.

A few key locations and events are noted. For more in-depth information, we suggest using the online and mobile Interactive Maps detailed in the next section.

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20180612 Mormon Battalion Routes - Release 2.0.pdf

 

Interactive Maps

A day-by-day interpretation of the Battalion’s march is presented in the Interactive Map, sponsored by Map-N-Tour, Inc.  This project includes the research results of Kevin Henson as assisted by many other historians and researchers.  For the first time, the entire expanse of the Battalion’s march detailing where things happened – along with the detachment routes – can be appreciated using satellite imagery.  The on-line web version can be downloaded at:

 http://www.mapntour.com/view/mbtFS

As an example, the web screenshot below shows the trail (red line) and locations related to November 13-15, 1846 as the Battalion left the Rio Grande valley.  Each icon along the trail can be opened to provide additional information about that location.  Historic maps, photographs and supplemental documents enrich the experience.

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For mobile devices, download the free Map-N-Tour app which has this logo:

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There are some differences as you would expect between the web and a mobile version, but in general, the same trail and historic information is provided.

If you are travelling, the mobile app will help you better appreciate what is available in your area. Your location beacon should be visible if you are in the vicinity.

Please respect private property and do not trespass without first obtaining permission.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, direct them to Kevin Henson at:  kevin@battaliontrek.com

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Museums

 

Mormon Battalion Museum

Visitors Center, lower level

This Is the Place Heritage Park

2601 East Sunnyside Avenue

Salt Lake City Utah 84108

This one room museum, across the street from the Mormon Battalion Monument Plaza with heroic sized monuments "Duty Calls" and "Duty Fulfilled" in This Is the Place Heritage Park, offers a visual history of artifacts and paintings depicting the original Mormon Battalion.  Admission is free.  Open year round.

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San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site

2510 Juan Street

San Diego, California 92110

Contact:  619-298-3317 (Main)

https://www.lds.org/locations/san-diego-mormon-battalion-historic-site?lang=eng

This entertaining, interactive museum in old town San Diego tells the story of the Mormon Battalion with dioramas, displays, movies, and hands-on activities.  Great for both adults and children.  Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Last tour begins at 8 pm.  Admission is free.  Owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Kanesville Tabernacle

 222 East Broadway

Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

Contact: 712-322-0500 (Main)

https://www.lds.org/locations/kanesville-tabernacle?lang=eng#d

This is a replica of the small cottonwood tabernacle hastily built in late 1847 for a general conference of the Church in Kanesville, Iowa upon the return of Brigham Young and other general authorities from Salt Lake City.  It contains several displays commemorating events those events.  Due to its surprisingly good accoustical qualities, it is often referred to as "the Little Carniegie Hall on the Missouri."  The adjacent Visitors Center includes a small "corner" display about the Mormon Battalion.  Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to dusk.  Admission is free.  Owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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Monuments and Trail Markers

 

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Mormon Battalion Monument Plaza

This Is the Place Heritage Park

Salt Lake City, Utah

Monuments and trail markers honoring the Mormon Battalion have been erected all over the world, but primarily in the western United States.  The following is a list of all known monuments and markers, listed by chronological trail date within the seven trail segments listed in the map above, plus "others."  We have done our best to provide the very latest WGS84 Global Positioning System (GPS) geocoordinates and explicit driving directions.  If you can update this information, or know of an unlisted monument or trail marker, please contact us. 

 

Trail Date, Monument-Trail Marker Name, Original Dedication Date, GPS Coordinates  Link to Details Page

 

We will gradually add Links to Details Pages about each Monument and Marker.

 

1.  Iowa Mormon Trail (February-June 1846):

(None known)

 

2.  Main Command (16 July 1846-16 July 1847):

16 Jul 1846, Mormon Battalion Mustering Grounds Marker, 1986, 41° 13.536’ N, 95° 49.366’ W  18460716 Mormon Battalion Mustering Grounds.pdf

1-15 August 1846, Fort Leavenworth Battalion Marker, 1981, 39° 21.332'N, 94° 55.059'W

23 August 1846, Ltc James Allen Gravesite, 2007, 39° 21.077'N, 94° 55.818'

27-30 Aug 1846, Mormon Battalion at Council Grove, Kansas Marker, 1982, 38° 39.94′ N, 96° 29.611′ W

14 Sep 1846, 1982, Mormon Battalion at McPherson, Kansas Marker, 38° 29.159′ N, 97° 37.249′ W

23-27 Sep 1846, Mormon Battalion in the Oklahoma Panhandle, 1983, 36° 43.8′ N, 102° 30.787′ W

21 Oct 1846, Mormon Battalion "Wagon Wheel" Monument, 16 Jun 1940, 35° 27.098' N, 106° 21.231' W

14 Nov 1846, Mormon Battalion Historical Marker, 12 Mar 1988, 32° 39.983′ N, 107° 31.05′ W

19 Nov 1846, First Road to Southern California, 1933, 32° 29.533′ N, 107° 58.45′ W

22 Nov 1846, Cooke's Wagon Road Marker, Unknown, 32° 13.483′ N, 108° 7.383′ W

28 Nov 1846, Historical Marker #7, U.S. Mormon Battalion Trail, History of Trek through Mountains, 1 Nov 1986, 31° 30.629′ N, 109° 2.258′ W  18461128 Historical Marker No. 7, U.S. Mormon Battalion Trail.pdf

2 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion Passed Here in 1846 Marker, 1933, 31° 21.556′ N, 109° 15.736′ W 18461202 Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Mormon Battalion Passed Here.pdf

2-3 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, San Bernardino Ranch Rest Camp Monument, 1960, 31° 20.231′ N, 109° 17.399′ W 18461202 Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, San Bernadino Rest Camp Marker.pdf

5 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Longest Infantry March Marker, 1960, 31° 20.428′ N, 109° 32.307′ W 18461205 Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Longest Infantry March Marker.pdf

7 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Smith Grave Two Mile South Marker, 1960, 31° 21.968′ N, 109° 43.038′ W 18461207 Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Smith Grave Two Mile South Marker.pdf

8 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion, Teamster Elisha Smith Purported Gravesite,  1960, 31° 20.258' N, 109° 45.978' W 18461208 Mormon Battalion, Elisha Smith Purported Gravesite Marker.pdf

9 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion Campsite Marker, 1960, 31° 33.161′ N, 110° 8.238′ W 18461209 Mormon Battalion Campsite.pdf

11 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, The Narrows Marker, 1960, 31° 37.577′ N, 110° 10.439′ W, 1960 18461211 Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, The Narrows Marker.pdf

12 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Camp 13 Dec 1846 Marker, 1960, 31° 54.306′ N, 110° 13.438′ W 18461212 Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Camp Dec 13 1846 Marker.pdf

13 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Benson Ward Monument, 1996, 381 N. Pomerene Rd, Benson, AZ 85602, 31° 58.278 N, 110° 16.353 W

13 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Last Camp on San Pedro Marker, 1960, 31° 58.223′ N, 110° 18.337′ W 18461213 Mormon Battalion, LDS Church, Last Camp on San Pedro Marker.pdf

1846, San Pedro River Crossing Monument, 1985, unknown

16 Dec 1846, Commemorating the Raising of the First American Flag Marker, 1929, 32° 13.384′ N, 110° 58.443′ W 18461216 Commemorating the Raising of the American Flag Marker.pdf

16 Dec 1846, To the Mormon Battalion Marker, 13 June 1937, 32° 13.171′ N, 110° 58.101′ W 18461216 To the Mormon Battalion Marker.pdf

16 Dec 1846, Exchange at the Presidio Monument, 17 Dec 1996, 32° 13.373′ N, 110° 58.452′ W 18461216 Exchange at the Presidio Monument.pdf

19 Dec 1846, No. 71, Mormon Battalion Trail, 15 May 1937, 32° 38.766′ N, 111° 24.008′ W  18461217 No. 71 Mormon Battalion Trail Marker.pdf

20 Dec 1846, In Honor of Mormon Battalion Marker, 1937, 32° 55.009′ N, 111° 45.439′ W  18461220 In Honor of Mormon Battalion Marker.pdf

22 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion Plaque - Gila River Indian Reservation, 13 Dec 2007, 33° 7.152' N, 111° 51.120' W

25 Dec 1846, Mormon Battalion Christmas Camp - BLM Property, unknown, unknown

1846, Gila Bend State Park Marker - Gila Bend, Arizona,  1984, unknown

1846, Mobile, Arizona Trail Marker, 1984, unknown

1846, Butterfield Stage Depot Trail Marker - Deseret Station, Arizona, 1984, unknown

4 Jan 1847, Antelope Hill Campsite Marker, 1992, 32° 42.61′ N, 114° 0.592′ W

8 Jan 1847, U. S. Army of the West - Mormon Battalion Monument, Jan 2007, 32° 43.867′ N, 114° 38.739′ W 18470108 U.S. Army of the West - Mormon Battalion Monument.pdf

10-11 Jan 1847, Mormon Battalion Crossing Marker, 1992, 32° 42.733′ N, 114° 43.332′ W 18470110 Mormon Battalion Crossing Monument.pdf

1847, El Centro Monument, 1978, unknown

1847, Victorville Trail Marker, 1983, unknown

17 Jan 1847, No. 639, Palm Spring Marker, 1958, 32° 55.169′ N, 116° 13.117′ W

19 Jan 1847, No. 647, Butterfield Overland Mail Route Marker, 1958, 33° 2.186′ N, 116° 24.187′ W

19 Jan 1847, No. 472, Box Canyon Marker, 1950, 33° 0.906′ N, 116° 26.568′ W

21 Jan 1847, No. 311, Warner Ranch House, 1964, 33° 14.536′ N, 116° 39.959′ W

25 Jan 1847, Mission San Luis Rey Monument, 25 Jan 1997, unknown

30 Jan 1847, Mormon Battalion Monument - San Diego, 7 Sep 1996, unknown

30 Jan 1847, The Battalion Soldier Monument by Ed Fraughton, 1969, 32° 45.432′ N, 117° 11.648′ W

1847, No. 54, Fort Stockton, 6 Dec 1932, 32° 45.563′ N, 117° 11.519′ W

1847, First San Diego Courthouse Market, before 2015, 32° 45.248′ N, 117° 11.832′ W

20 Mar 1847, Mormon Battalion Marker - Mission San Viejo, before 2008, 33° 36.464′ N, 117° 41.612′ W  18470320 Mormon Battalion Marker.pdf

26 Apr 1847, In Memory of the Mormon Battalion Marker, before 2015, 33° 41.375′ N, 117° 14.665′ W 18470426 In Memory of the Mormon Battalion Marker.pdf

1847, Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial, 1958, 34° 3.482' N, 118° 14.535' W

 

3. Higgins Family Detachment (16 September-6 October 1846):

(None)

 

4. Brown Sick Detachment (18 October-17 November 1846):

(None)

 

5. Willis Sick Detachment (10 November 1846-mid-January 1847):

(None)

 

6. General Kearny Escort (13 May-22 August 1847):

19 Jul 1847, No. 338, Tragedy Spring Marker, 1967, 38° 38.364′ N, 120° 8.817′ W

 

7. Pueblo to Salt Lake (20 September 1846-August 1847):

20 September 1846, Mormon Battalion Monument, 24 July 1993, 38° 15.349’  N
104° 36.247’  W  

1847, Mormon Battalion Trail Marker, 1983, unknown

 

8. Other:

16 Jul 1846, No. 392, The Constitution Revered Marker (Fairwell Address to Mormon Battalion), 1976, 40° 46.595′ N, 111° 53.421′ W

16 Jul 1846-16 Jul 1847, Mormon Battalion Monument Plaza with Duty Calls and Duty Triumphs Statues by Dr. Steven L. Neal, 2010, 40° 45.134′ N, 111° 49.166′ W

16 Jul 1846-16 Jul 1847, Utah State Mormon Battalion Monument, 30 May 1927, 40° 46.583′ N, 111° 53.232′ W

1847, No. 490, Mormon Pioneers/Mormon Pioneer Adobes, 1996, 37° 33.658′ N, 121° 58.083′ W

1847, Mormon Battalion Monument - Mormon Gulch, 1995, 37° 59.317′ N, 120° 26.516′ W

July 1847, Site No. 52, Mormon-Carson Pass Emigrant Trail Marker, 38° 38.5′ N, 120° 8.179′ W

23 Jan 1848, Mormon Cabin Replica, before 2006 ,38° 48.097′ N, 120° 53.546′ W

early 1848, No. 240, Mormon Island Marker, 1957, 38° 41.957′ N, 121° 7.654′ W

1848, Mormon Trail Marker - Barstow, 2005, 34° 53.953′ N, 117° 1.608′ W

unknown, Historic Tenth Ward Chapel Monument, 1977, unknown

unknown, Cpt Daniel C. Davis Monument, 1936, unknown

unknown, No. 119, Cpt Jefferson Hunt, Soldier, Pioneer, Churchman "Red Rock Pass" Marker, 1950, 42° 21.267′ N, 112° 2.933′ W

unknown, Cpt Jefferson Hunt Monument - Huntsville, Utah

unknown, Mormon Battalion Monument - Kanab, 1985, unknown