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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 11 Attractions 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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Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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67 attraction reviews
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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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3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

the place is really nice. The have a lot to see. Inside they have videos and you can then walk the trail.

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McAllen, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Palo Alto is not well-known, even among locals; however, this is a fantastic historic site that is well-run and does justice to the important events that occurred here. The museum is very informative and the staff are truly knowledgeable, friendly, and hard-working. They have done a nice job with the site. Expect it to get hot (very) in the summer.... More 

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Olmito, Texas, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The museum is lovely and fairly new. It seems to be nicely run. I'm more familiar with the grounds. It is south Texas at it's finest. It's a place to see what Texas looked like before we all got here but do it from a road.

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Austin, Texas
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24 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A nice historic battlefield. Good museum. Good walking tour of the battlefield. Connected to a nice walking and biking trail if you want to get your exercise on the way. Plan to spend an hour and a half to two hours here. It can be very hot and sunny on the trail, no shade. The museum and movie will give... More 

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Houston, Texas
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172 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Must admit didn't know about this place until a friend told me about it. Learned some new history. See the movie in the visitor's center. It was a hot day and there isn't much shade while out in the battlefield area. Might see some birds or flowering cactus.

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