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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

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retphcs wrote a review Mar 2020
Donna, Texas526 contributions64 helpful votes
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Just imagine it is May 1846 and you are a soldier in the Union Army. It is around 85° and you are dressed in a wool uniform. You are on a field that is flat for miles and everything around you either wants to prick you with their thorns, bite you with their fangs, or shoot you with their muskets. War has not been declared on Mexico but you can feel it in the air. You are outnumbered and outgunned, and all hell is about ready to let loose. I stand on the observation mound in the middle of the Palo Alto Battleground, which is probably 5-feet above sea level, and look out over the field and think glad I am that I wasn't here on May 8th 1846. This was one of the first battles that cannon was used almost entirely and the devastation was horrid. When the smoke cleared the Mexican Army suffered over 250 causalities and they started moving south back to Matamoros across the Rio Grande. This is a great place to visit if you are a history fan. There is little to no shade, and your kids would probably be bored to death. The walkway through the battlefield is handicap accessible with either walker or scooter. The cost is "FREE" so you can't complain about the price.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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James W wrote a review Mar 2020
23 contributions3 helpful votes
Most of our group of 4 adults are not into museums that much. What I really liked about this site were 2 things that really stood out. Along the trail we walked were historic sign boards that gave you a brief overview of the battle that took place along with the positioning of both armies. As well it had quotes from men involved on both sides of the conflict, which added a tremendous human element. One of the guides at the center was incredibly helpful and humorous. Awesome historic site! On top of this there is no charge to visit the site.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Marilyn V wrote a review Jan 2020
South Padre Island, Texas2 contributions
I go to Palo Alto at least once a year but often 2-3 times. As always I love it! I do hope to make one of their guide tours or talks by the rangers.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Libby T wrote a review Dec 2019
Keller, Texas173 contributions35 helpful votes
We are Texas History buffs so this was very interesting. Most people, even in Texas, don’t know much about how the boundaries with Mexico were settled. This gives a very historic account of the politic and ensuing battle that created the Rio Grande as the final border of Texas, plus added lots of other territory to the US. You can visualize the battle field by looking at the battle lines, Mexican and US.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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yajaira e wrote a review Nov 2019
11 contributions1 helpful vote
The park is very clean and parking within the wooded area that depicts how the environment was back then. When driving in, the landscape provides a first look of how the soldiers lived in the same environment we see today. When you enter the facility it has a nice gift shop on the left and on the right you have a small museum that interacts with you so you learn about what ammunition among other things they used during the battle here. There is a room onto the right of the interactive museum where it plays a film that explains the battle of Palo Alto. After, you can walk out to the back of the building and you will find miles of trails with spots along the trails with information of the battle. Its of-course outside the trails so bring comfortable shoes for a hike, water, and sun protection. The South Texas heat can be brutal in the spring and summer months. This park has activities throughout the year. One of my favorite is when they have many different stations that display how the indigenous people lived in the area...what they cooked, tools used, clothing, etc. all acted out by real people! You have a person actually working the corn and making it into 'maza' for the tortillas. Something the Millennials don't know about (pun intended) If you want the full show, check out when they will have an event and you can experience the back stage pass to the past. Great place for the kids. They always have activities for the kids.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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