Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Brownsville

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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park near Brownsville, Texas is a National Park Service unit which preserves the grounds of the May 8, 1846, Battle of Palo Alto. It was the first major conflict in a border dispute that soon precipitated the Mexican–American War. The United States Army victory here made the invasion of Mexico possible. The historic site portrays the battle and the war, and its causes and consequences, from the perspectives of both the United States and Mexico.

The National Park Service has acquired a little more than a third of the authorized land for the park, including the 300 acres (1.2 km2) southern core battlefield tract, which served as the location for Mexican forces during the Battle of Palo Alto. Private landowners still control some 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of the battlefield. Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), although a native plant, is present in an unusually high concentration, altering the cultural landscape and threatening the natural and cultural resources at the park.

The park's visitor center features exhibits about the battle and the Mexican–American War, as well as a 15-minute video titled "War on the Rio Grande". A half-mile trail leads to an overlook of the battlefield and includes interpretive panels.

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  • What a nice stop for history buffs or those nearby who would like a little walk. I really enjoyed it! The visitor center is closed (of course...), but park folks are on site to provide guidance and.....  more »
  • We loved walking the trail and learning the history. It was a great small trail, easy for kids. The inside museum was closed, which was a disappointment. Want to go back when it is open.  more »
  • 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 cool breeze. Summer can be a scorcher so if you visit in summer I would advise anybody to visit in late afternoon and don't forget to take plenty of water and sun block. This park is full of history so don't forget to take your camera or phone to take pictures. The park is free of charge and if you visit I'm sure you are going to like this nice and pleasant atmosphere. I give this place a two thumbs up for it was worth the visit.
  • They've really fixed this place up. History is being preserved and we can all appreciate that. It's a great place to come for a quick jog with your dog, or even a nice little walk with the family. Great view, and very clean restrooms. They even have Pokestops for the children! 5 stars mang!

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