South Bay Historical Society

Fort Emory and Military History were the topics of the meeting of the South Bay Historical Society at 6 pm, Monday, March 24, at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library located at 365 F Street. William H. Emory came to San Diego with Gen. Stephen Kearny's Army of the West in 1846, fought at the Battle of San Pasqual, was the topographical engineer who drew the boundary line with Mexico in 1849. His published reports identified the San Diego harbor as the best on the West coast and of vital importance to the United States. In World War II, the coastal defense fort on the southern Strand was named Fort Emory in his honor. Today, the giant "Elephant Cage" communications antenna still remains at Fort Emory as a visible symbol of his significance in the history of the South Bay.
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