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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

Address: FM 511, off of FM 1847, Brownsville, TX
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Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Brownsville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.
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Type: Battlefields, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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Menasha,Wi
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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138 reviews 138 reviews
45 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The Palo Alto Battlefield on the outskirts of Brownsville, TX was the location of a crucial battle in which U.S. troops repelled the advance of Mexican troops and eventually established the Rio Grand River as the border between the US and Mexico. The US troops efforts stopped Mexico from continuing to control territory that encompassed seven southwestern states (from Texas... More 

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Houston, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I am convinced that my "post-40 hour plus per week" life, some people call it retirement, is a time to re-learn what we were taught in school. The 15 minute film is the place to start - concisely tells the manifest destiny mind set of President Polk and the Texas republic in contrast with the Mexican view of their land... More 

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Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Another one of our great national parks. though im a trifle confused, Palo alto is listed as a national historic site, not a national battlefield park, eg like Gettysburg, Shiloh, Frederick etc. im not sure what the difference/distinction is, or if there is a hierarchy of nomenclature to our national parks, but the point is there WAS a battle fought... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Really interesting. Beautiful walkway through the site... I learned a lot more than they taught us in school in 1967. I am feeling bad for the people the u.s govt trompled in the name if progress...... Makes ya do some poignant pondering, that's for sure...

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Columbia, Missouri
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216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The battle of Palo Alto, largely unknown among most Americans, is among the most significant events that have shaped our nation. The National Park Service video and displays do an excellent job of treading a very thin line of neutrality presenting a topic of contention--the battle, itself, and the events and machinations leading up to it. Start with the video,... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This was a very interesting historical sight about the war with Mexico. It is best to go to the visitor center first to see the displays and watch the film about the battle. We enjoyed it very much. The information was layed out nicely was informative but not overwhelming. It was easy to read and follow.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Typically forgotten by most people today, this historic US National Park is a real treat with wide open walking trails paved nicely. A historic place from the 1846 Mexican-American war, this battlefield is interesting and noteworthy. Great for visitors coming down to South Padre Island, TX.

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