Speaking of old Mexican cannons maybe some of you have heard about "The Battle of the Old Woman's Gun", otherwise known as The Battle of Rancho Dominguez, an area of the county where I just happen to be writing from now.
Before U.S. troops occupied the city of Los Angeles, Igania Reyes – a local elderly woman - hid the city’s main cannon in the reeds behind her house (some say buried -FH). Later, the cannon was uncovered and used to repel an attack of U.S. marines. The Battle of Dominguez Ranch is better known as “The Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun” in her honor.
By strategically running horses across the dusty Dominguez hills in the area now known as Dominguez Hills and Carson, while transporting their single small cannon to various sites, Carrillo and his troops convinced the Americans they had encountered a large enemy force. Faced with heavy casualties and the superior horsemanship fighting skills displayed by the militia "Lancers", the remaining Marines were forced to retreat to their ships berthed in San Pedro Bay.
The gun was finally captured by the Americans and now resides as a trophy of war at the USNA museum in Annapolis, MD.
Personally I think Los Angeles ought to get it back. What say you?
I finally tracked down some photos of it:
I just found a better sight for info. It's packed!
BTW. There was no real winner at the 2nd battle of Cahuenga. Both sides withdrew in a stalemate. If these two cannons were the ones used at the battle, they were later captured from Pio Pico and spiked (made useless) by U.S. Captain Gillespie and wound up half-buried on this corner. I would suppose they were later melted down for scrap.
BTW, as to that particular photo posted by GaylordWilshire of cannons used as bollards, check out this sight: