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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: +1 956-541-2785
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The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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Great Historical Site

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
JandJ71
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Cheshire
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Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 weeks ago

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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McAllen, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a nice place to go for a few hours and learn about your history, get away relax and enjoy nature.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed learning more about this particular battle and location. It was very somber walking the area where so many men died.

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Golden, Colorado, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The attraction here is the first battlefield of the Mexican War. There aren't any forts or ruins, just a few artifacts found on the site. However the museum exhibits explaining the origins of the Mexican War are excellent.

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Van Buren, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

I visited Palo Alto thinking that my great grandfather had been in the battle. However Karen the ranger was able to look up his service record (from the 1840's !!!) and show me what battles he was actually in. She even took the extra step to email me a copy of his records. A nice site with a great staff.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We stop to drink water and use the restroom facilities here. It is a great place to stop and see the scenery its absolutely beautiful.

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Andover
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 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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