On this site, the American Flag was flown over Los Angeles on July 4, 1847--the first American Independence Day in Los Angeles. The fort was erected by members of the Mormon Battalion shortly before their release from active duty. They had marched 1900 miles from Iowa to San Diego and then to Los Angeles as part of Army of the est. Some of the discharged veterans were present at the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, starting the California gold rush.
The Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial is a large stone memorial wall built in 1957 on part of the fort's original location facing Hill Street. As the largest bas-relief military monument in the United States, it honors the Mormon Battalion, the U.S. 1st Dragoons, and the New York Volunteers who raised the American flag over the fort on July 4, 1847, at the first Independence Day in Los Angeles.
Point of View from the Cache