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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  • Great history park, nice trails to walk and read the signs, easy to find, the park office was nice (You had to wear a mask) 
    Great history park, nice trails to walk and read the signs, easy to find, the park office was nice (You had to wear a mask)  more »
  • Interesting history and informative signs about the local nature. Nice place to spend an hour or two. 
    Interesting history and informative signs about the local nature. Nice place to spend an hour or two.  more »
  • This was a well laid out walking tour of the battlefield site. Nice smooth even sidewalks that anyone could easy use. Good to start in the visitor center and watch the film. We did the walk from... 
    This was a well laid out walking tour of the battlefield site. Nice smooth even sidewalks that anyone could easy use. Good to start in the visitor center and watch the film. We did the walk from...  more »
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  • Very nice trails and information about this battlefield
  • I think this park was mostly closed when we visited - at least all the major trails were closed off/blocked. The visitor center was nice, and the information signs we could see were interesting. Note that the park has very little shade/trees, in case you do come here (and it's open) on a hot day.
  • What a nice spot to visit! Enjoy a nice walk out in the Texas outdoors and learn a little history. The center is closed on Mondays and the rangers are very friendly and informative. If you want to continue the fun, South Padre Island is only about 30 minutes away from here.
  • A little history of the last battle. Come in the fall to walk the trail. To hot during the summer .
  • Very informative about the war. Just a good place too learn history that isn't taught today. Everyone should stop and familiarize yourself with what this war was about. You might be surprised.

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