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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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The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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History at the tip of Texas. It's must be over 5 yrs since we last visited this park and to be honest this place has change quite a bit. We went for a walk with our dog and it was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Brownsville, Texas
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Brownsville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

History at the tip of Texas. It's must be over 5 yrs since we last visited this park and to be honest this place has change quite a bit. We went for a walk with our dog and it was a very quiet and pleasant one. We went on a Sunday afternoon and the day was cloudy with a nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is free. No harm in coming over. Lots of walking around. I learned a lot about the history of the place. If it wasn't for California, the battle wouldn't have happened, and the border may have been by Nueces River instead of Rio Grande.

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Evanston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It says that we are in the States but it is hard to tell that we are not in Mexico as the grains of sand in the hour glass of time make borders so arbitrary. Fascinating battle story and the training ground and source of many Civil War military leaders.

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Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am ashamed that I did not go sooner!!! I live in the area and never went. The grounds are excellent, the fact that you can dial a number on your cell and listen to the information is AWESOME!!!! The visitor's center is full of information and the short film is great! I went alone, but will take the family... More 

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Anoka, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a national park showing the history of the US/Mexican war. There is a short movie that is worth watching. The staff member there was very knowledgeable about the war and was happy to share his information with us. After seeing the inside of the building, we walked out to where the battles took place. It is an easy... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here before heading to Laredo and glad we did. A little history on the Mexican/US war in the 1830's and annexation of Texas. Our guide Joseph was knowledgeable and passionate about the subject.

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not sure if others come to Brownsville due to lack of hotels in Padre? But that was our situation, and it's our 2nd time doing it. As it's about 40min to Padre, it's not too bad of an option since we have our rental car, and we have plenty of time. This time around, it was just my daughter and... More 

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Wimberley, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This was at the top of my list of reasons to go to Brownsville because I'm interested in Mexican War history. I was very pleased with the facility and the information center. The docents were informative and very polite. Not much of a gift shop, but some good books. It was exciting to see the battlefield. I didn't realize it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

If you are at all interested in history then this is a place to go. Learn about the war between the USA and Mexico, the causes, the battles and the outcome. Look first at the film they show in the small cinema and then the display boards. You are then better equipped to take the walk over the battlefield site... More 

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

If you want to learn about the Mexican American War, THIS is the interpretive center of the National Park Service. You will need to bring your own water, but it is just a few minutes away from Brownsville, so that is no problem. Traffic and access are easy to work with---we went in October 2016. Take your time looking at... More 

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