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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

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Address: FM 511, off of FM 1847, Brownsville, TX
Phone Number: 9565412785
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The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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The First Clash

I stumbled across the site using Google to find things to do and see in the Brownsville, Texas area. It is a very small site but the wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The displays... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stumbled across the site using Google to find things to do and see in the Brownsville, Texas area. It is a very small site but the wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The displays and exhibits in side were awesome. Great for all age groups.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In 1846 many Americans believed that it was God's will for the United States to spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific. President Polk was certainly a believer, and he was elated when Mexican troops (who believed the United States was stealing its territory) attacked. The Battle of Palo Alto, an American victory, began a war that resulted in the... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There do not seem to be many places to go to get information on the Mexican-American War, and yet it had such a great impact on our country-- not only did we acquire a large portion of seven of our states, but it contributed if not actually precipitated, our Civil War. There is a short 15 minute film and a... More 

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Cornell, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really great but a lot to absorb in a single visit. Watch the movie view the exhibits, then "walk the lines"{this may require a second visit}

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The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointed in myself for not remembering my Texas and US history better, but a wonderful find along our travels through south Texas. The park was well laid out and informative, and the staff was friendly and helpful. I am thankful to have re-learned some amazing history

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was not as knowledgeable on the Mexican American war. This battlefield offered great insight into this war, it's reasons and outcome. It is very close to Brownsville and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

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Thank steve7124
Harlingen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have heard of this national park, but have never stopped here. I finally stopped and I am glad I did. There is a lot of walking through the nicely paved trails. You really get to learn about a war that has never been talked about in the history books. We went on a very very windy day, so I... More 

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Thank Scott S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to learn about history! There's an audio tour you can use along the path too but make sure you dress for the weather. The park rangers are very informative and helpful too, they elevate the experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Americans probably know less about the Mexican-American War than any other war in which our country has been involved. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Monument provides an introduction here where the war actually began. There is a small interpretive center, with displays and a 15 minute film which lays out the basic events of the war. The main attraction here,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This is the only site of more than 400 in the National Park Service system to preserve and interpret the Mexican-American War. There's a 15-minute (free) video and interesting exhibits and artifacts from the battle. There's also a free Junior Ranger program for kids of all ages. I recommend taking a free ranger-led tour of the battlefield to better understand... More 

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