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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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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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Fabulous hike

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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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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13 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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Sioux Falls
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42 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We loved our visit to the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site. The ranger who was working the day we were there was very friendly and helped us with the identification of some of the birds we observed out on the battlefield. The video presentation gives a great background to the Mexican-American War. This site is well worth a visit!

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Kearney, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This little-known battle site was the beginning of the Mexican-United States War. The Park Service has done a wonderful job in laying out paved walkways that lead to all the battleline sites involved in this battle. This is a very clean well-kept attraction and the service personnel are extremely friendly and helpful.

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Menasha,Wi
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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20 helpful votes 20 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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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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30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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