San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park

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San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
Nearest city Escondido, California
Coordinates 33°05′10″N 116°59′24″W / 33.086111°N 116.99°W / 33.086111; -116.99Coordinates: 33°05′10″N 116°59′24″W / 33.086111°N 116.99°W / 33.086111; -116.99
Governing body State of California
Reference no. 533[1]
A plaque commemorates the Battle of San Pasqual

San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park honors the soldiers who fought in the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual, the bloodiest battle in California during the Mexican-American War.[2] The battle was fought between United States troops under the command of General Stephen Kearny, and the Californio forces under the command of General Andres Pico on December 6, 1846.

The Native Sons of the Golden West were instrumental in raising money, preserving and ultimately creating the park which was then given to the State of California.[3] It is now a California State Park as well as a California Historical Landmark. The 50-acre (200,000 m2) park is next to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, at San Pasqual Valley Road, south of Escondido, California on Highway 78 in San Diego County.[2]

The park is open only on weekends, and features a visitor center with displays about the cultural history of the San Pasqual Valley, exhibits, and a movie about the battle.[4] Living history presentations are held at the park, with volunteers from the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association.

References

  1. ^ "San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b "San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park". Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.chris.ca.gov/?page_id=940
  4. ^ http://www.ci.escondido.ca.us/glance/uniquely/battlefield/index.html City of Escondido

External links

  • San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park - official site
  • San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association


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