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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

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Address: FM 511, off of FM 1847, Brownsville, TX
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Sit

Not as big a battlefield area I expected to see. Lot of information available. Not very crowded and you can certainly get the idea of the topography.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Greenbush, Michigan
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Greenbush, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Not as big a battlefield area I expected to see. Lot of information available. Not very crowded and you can certainly get the idea of the topography.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This battlefield is one that played a key role in the westward expansion of the US, and creating the US/Mexico border that exists today. Our children participate the National Parks Junior Ranger program and this was a location that had a workbook and badges/patches for the kids. The visitor center is a very nice building and there is a thorough... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Location of the first battle of the American Mexican War. I joined a ranger led tour of the battlefield. Karen was very knowledgeable and able to answer most questions. The tour was very informative. The visitors center was enlightening. The maps and graphics illustrated just how much the US added to the size of this country. It's impossible to imagine... More 

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working, traveler
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It's a great family adventure with a lookout point. There're a video inside the museum, and artifacts that were found on the grounds. The staff is very nice, and the grounds are clean. Along with a trail that you can walk along all for Free! They do accept monetary donations.

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We go there every year when we are in a texas....not visible from highway....Mexican-American War....a small visitors center...short video of history, artifacts on display and walking tours! Best kept secret and just a neat place...

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Sioux Falls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We loved our visit to the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site. The ranger who was working the day we were there was very friendly and helped us with the identification of some of the birds we observed out on the battlefield. The video presentation gives a great background to the Mexican-American War. This site is well worth a visit!

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Kearney, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This little-known battle site was the beginning of the Mexican-United States War. The Park Service has done a wonderful job in laying out paved walkways that lead to all the battleline sites involved in this battle. This is a very clean well-kept attraction and the service personnel are extremely friendly and helpful.

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Menasha,Wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Wonderful visitor center with interesting information on the start of the Mexican American War. The movie was very interesting. The actual battlefield is very interesting in the way the front lines of each side is displayed with the flags along the battle lines. Thoroughly enjoyed the time spent here.

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Edinburg, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We did a day trip to Brownsville that included a trip to this park. There was my a lot of folks there. They have a 20 minute video that covers some of the history. Their interactive displays are fun to read. The battlefield and its trails show the areas the battles played out. It was good for 2-3 hours. Could... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

A free lesson on the history of the USA and our relationship with Mexico. This National Historic site tells the story of the Mexican American War. It is very visual and impactful. My wife and I visited other sites (S. Padre Island, World Birding Center, etc.) in southern Texas and this was a real jewel - don't miss this if... More 

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