Scenic drive to Julian reminds one of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau


Last updated 1/31/2018 at Noon

A memorial stone stands in honor of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, scout and guide of the Mormon Battalion in 1847. Courtesy photo

Bonnie Martland

Special to Valley News

Last week on a drive to Julian, we saw some of the most picturesque and unchanged scenery in Southern California: rocky outcrops, foothills, leafy canopies and tan hills speckled with live oaks and grazing cattle. As we traveled through Aguanga, Oak Grove and Warner Springs, my mind wandered back to 1847, and the Mormon Battalion which traveled the same route in reverse from Warner Springs to Temecula in January that year.

I recently read Lt. Col. Philip St. George Cooke’s report of the battalion’s trek from Santa Fe to San Diego. Comma...

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