After winding our way down from Big Bear Lake and fighting our way through Los Angeles-area traffic, we finally arrived in San Diego. We went to the Old Town and found the Mormon Battalion Historic Site. At least three of my direct ancestors, and some other members of the family tree, marched from Iowa to California as part of the Army of the West in 1846.
The engaging multimedia presentation tells about the recruitment, trials on the journey, and the ways the Battalion members contributed to the development of southern California and Utah. It was very interesting.
Among those contributions, some Battalion members helped build a certain mill where gold was discovered. So there's a gold panning station outside where visitors can try their hand.
In a sluice stocked with pyrite and other pretty pebbles, there's something for everyone to discover.