Mormon Battalion Crossing / Colorado River Crossing

Mormon Battalion Crossing / Colorado River Crossing (HM164G)

Location: Yuma, AZ 85364 Yuma County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 42.735', W 114° 43.326'

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Mormon Battalion Crossing
This monument marks the approximate site of the crossing of the Colorado River by the Mormon Battalion on 10 and 11 January 1847.

The Mormon Battalion consisted of 500 volunteer soldiers from among the Mormon pioneers as they crossed Iowa in 1846. They were mustered into the United States Army at Council Bluffs, Iowa, on 16 July of that year to serve in the War with Mexico. they marched down the Missouri River to Fort Leavenworth where they joined the Army of the West under general Stephen W. Kearney.

The Mormon soldiers, all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, proceeded to Santa Fe, New Mexico, which advance elements of the Army had already occupied. The Battalion was then assigned its unique mission: to carve out a wagon road from New Mexico to California. Thus the U.S. army could more easily supply its outpost in southern California and others planned for the Southwest. The Mormon Battalion completed its march on 29 January 1847 in San Diego.

This monument was erected in 1992 by B.C. Smith and members of Boy Scout Troop 97 as an Eagle Scout project.

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1846 U.S. Army 1848
Colorado River Crossing

HM NumberHM164G
Year Placed1992
Placed ByB.C. Smith and members of Boy Scout Troop 97 as an Eagle Scout project
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 11:07am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 713503 N 3621682
Decimal Degrees32.71225000, -114.72210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 42.735', W 114° 43.326'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 42' 44.10" N, 114° 43' 19.56" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 36800-36852 W 8th St, Yuma AZ 85364, US
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