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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

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Address: FM 511, off of FM 1847, Brownsville, TX
Phone Number: 9565412785
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The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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A nice small historical site

This site is not fancy but has a typical nice visitors center and we spoke with a nice and knowledgeable ranger. The land markings were informative and spending part of a hot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2016
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Andover
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

This site is not fancy but has a typical nice visitors center and we spoke with a nice and knowledgeable ranger. The land markings were informative and spending part of a hot day walking out there learning about the history was valuable for my kids and myself. Don't forget to start a passport book for you or your kids to... More 

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Monteverde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We learned a lot and saw a lot. We had a wonderful morning there. In addition to the historical information we saw a tortoise a horny toad and a big rattlesnake. Lots of birds too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Self guided display of the history of the area and how it became part of the U.S. I learned some things I didn't know. The outdoor portion is a walking tour and I quit before the end as the day was quite hot , but there is information about the flora and fauna etc. beside the path.

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Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

whether you walk the trail or take your bicycle, you'll learn alot about the area. The informational movie makes history come to life. Signs along the trail bring the battle to you. Very well done.

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The place is very historical and show the aspect of the battle in site that give a real idea that how, where happend the historical sucess. Mark the boundories mexican army and american army and are some canyon and show the enginery in that time. I like the place for a better idea of the history. Try to show a... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Why this National Park Museum isn't better advertised by our city is beyond me! We knew it was out there but the significance used to escape us. This park is well worth the visit!!! It's free of charge (Donations appreciated). Do yourself a favor and watch the fifteen minute movie in the theatre as you arrive. It'll thrust you into... More 

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Waco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

Great place to hang out, preferably during the morning! Kids brought their bikes and we walked the trails, using the cell phone tour. Highly recommend the cell phone tour! The Rangers were very informative and helpful!

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North Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

This isn't the largest national park but it is an interesting one. The Battle of Palo Alto was the opening scene of the war with Mexico in 1846. There is a small but informative museum and a short movie that tells about the battle, how it came to be fought and what it led to (the US Mexican War). There... More 

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Thank RMH_9
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

this was a low key battlefield about the American/Mexican War - visitor center was small but very helpful in understanding the conflict - the grounds themselves were easy to access and the battle simple to understand

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

You can never go wrong visiting historical sites. Everything was in good condition with lots of information. They didn't have a charge and even had a small shop and clean restrooms

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