On our drive to Julian this past Sunday, we came across a sign while driving up the 78 that announced an upcoming historic battlefield site. These aren’t exactly common in California, so we couldn’t resist turning off to investigate. Turns out it’s called San Pasqual and was the location of one of the bloodiest battles of the Mexican-American War in 1846.
The valley it’s located in is absolutely gorgeous and they’ve placed the small museum on a rise overlooking where the battle took place.
Unfortunately we weren’t properly equipped to hike up to the top of the hill (i.e. ballet flats = no nature trails), but I think we’ll be heading back there, maybe for their annual reenactment in December? We did explore a bit though – the little museum had this lovely stained glass installation and one of the flags carried during the battle. My degree is in history so I was in hog heaven! :)
But I think my favorite part was the monument they’ve erected to two men who broke through the Mexican lines in order to get supplies to the troops.
Isn’t it gorgeous? In looking up the artist, it turns out Isidore Konti is a Vienna-born artist from the early 20th century whose work is now highly sought after. No wonder, the detail work on this monument is just stunning.
Stay tuned for more from our day trip…