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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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Description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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Good Overview of Texas History

The displays and information here is very well organized and has much detailed history about the area in and around Brownsville, TX. Lots of military information regarding the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The displays and information here is very well organized and has much detailed history about the area in and around Brownsville, TX. Lots of military information regarding the Mexican-American war in the early 1900's.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a great place to explore if you are down in Brownsville or South Padre. The NPS site, which does not have a fee associated with it, has a small visitors center and a trail (less than one mile) that takes people down the lines associated with the battle. There are "cell phone" stops that work as additional information.... More 

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Newark
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It was free, and there were trails to walk around. There was a cell phone tour to get extra information.

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Chicago, Illinois
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143 reviews 143 reviews
54 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

My wife and I aren't really history people. We're national park people, but we tend to prefer the ones with lakes and mountains and stuff like that. However, we were in Brownsville and there's not a ton to do in Brownsville, so we went anyway. And wouldn't you know it, this is a really interesting place. Admittedly, we didn't know... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Be prepared to walk a bit at the site, so that you can see the exact locations of the Armies when the engagement began!!

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Greenbush, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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60 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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