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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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Great site to see but go during a cooler time of the year. Not much coverage from the sun, but the wind was blowing and that made it easier to be out there. Awesome site and story... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great site to see but go during a cooler time of the year. Not much coverage from the sun, but the wind was blowing and that made it easier to be out there. Awesome site and story telling by the post that were out there and the ability to use your cell phone to follow the story line.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Pretty neat the drive and find all.the land marksm. Wish there was a better pull.of road to see sights. But otherwise enjoyable for a hours while you drive to south padre island to stop have a nice lunch, etc.......

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Stayed with a friend and just happened to be a few minutes away so took a side trip here. Learned much about the history of the area and had a peaceful walk through the battlefield imagining all that went on there in the past. As usual with NPS sites, found the staff helpful and knowledgable, and there was plenty there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

History and nature make this a really good walk. Park ranger was very helpful and supportive. A video was showed explaining about the battle, exhibition room is nice and clean. Field trip by walk make us immerse during those days...obviously snakes were not present :), some birds were seeing...

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Waxahachie, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

You can walk around the battlefield and take in the history on the placards that are posted. Not much to actually see but you get the feel of the land and the way the battle was fought was devastating on both sides. Would love to return to see some of the re-enactments. It is very hot usually and there is... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A nice day trip to the park. The cycling community rides the trail to the park. a great reception area with historical information, a walk around the site is impressive. An easy walk around the site. Frequent re-enactments by groups, a great place for Brownsville and all to visit and learn. IN south Texas it is always hot, so bring... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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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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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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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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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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