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“An importance piece of US history”

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Brownsville
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Owner description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.
Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“An importance piece of US history”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

The Palo Alto site is all about the doubling of the size of the US--should be on every Americans bucket list. We took the guided tour to the battle grounds--very capable guide. The receptionist was also very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting details. be sure to see the movie before taking the tour.

Visited March 2014
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Napanee, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Excellent piece of important U.S. / Mexican History”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

We have been visiting South Padre Island / Brownsville Texas for several years and have noticed the signs for the Palo Alto Battlefield but have never stopped at or inquired about the significance of this site. Yesterday we were on a guided tour of Brownsville / Matamoros and this was one of the sites that we visited. Being from Canada my U,S, history is limited but we do take every opportunity when able, to acquire more knowledge about our "friendly next door Neighbour". My wife and I were totally amazed at what was at stake in this battle. It reshaped 2 countries radically and altered history at the same time. Our visit was short but we will be returning now that we know this is a real hidden treasure close to our winter holiday site. There a 15 - 20 minute film that is very informative and well worth watching. There is no admission charge but donations are accepted.

Visited February 2014
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Pagosa Springs, CO
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159 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A great park and a great story”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

We've been in the area for a week or so and decided to see this battlefield. This is a less-known National Park unit and, like most NPS areas, was very well interpreted and managed. More importantly, the Park represents a great story of how the US initiated a war with Mexico and (successfully) won a territory that doubled the size of the US. Just like with the conquest (and in some cases, annihilation) of all Indian tribes in the west, the concept of Manifest Destiny, emboldened by then President Polk, resulted in the war with Mexico. This National Park is where the initial battles of that war began.

Visited February 2014
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Keizer, Oregon
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“A look at real history”
Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

We walked the trails in the Palo Alto Battlefield, and it gave you a real sense of how the actual battle between the U.S. Army, and the Mexican Army unfolded. We were actually walking on trails over fields where many had fought and died.

They had U.S. and Mexican canons set up so you could really sense the type of weaponry. The U.S. had bigger cannons and exploding cannonballs (which the Mexicans did not), so you can guess who won.

Very worthwhile visit.

Visited January 2014
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Lawrence, Kansas
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“Good for history & stretching the legs”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We enjoyed both the museum about the Mexican-American War and the walking trail out to the battlefield. The museum has lots of bilingual, interactive exhibits about the war and gives a great look into the political and social atmosphere surrounding the war. The trail goes out to the battlefield with spurs out to both the Mexican line & the American line. Being nerdy history buffs, we spent quite a while in the museum and trail, but it can also be a very good quick trip.

Visited December 2013
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