Brownsville, TX 78520-8326
- Historical Site,
The Battle of Palo Alto was a decisive victory for the American troops in the Mexican-American War. This was the first of two victories to break the siege on Fort Texas and after the second American victory at Resaca de la Palma, the Mexican troops would never fully recover for the length of the war.
The Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site preserves the battle site undeveloped, as a plain of cordgrass, razor sharp, broken up only by thickets of mesquite and cactus. It’s an inhospitable place and must have been that much worse for the soldiers, both advancing and retreating. The visitor center has videos that document the conflict, as well as exhibits, and the field itself can be seen entire from an overlook, accessible through a short trail.
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site lies at the northeast corner of the intersection of FM 1847 (Paredes Line Road) and FM 511, approximately five miles north of downtown Brownsville, TX. From Rt. 77/83, take the FM 511 exit and drive east approximately two miles to reach FM 1847. The park visitor center is located on the east side of 1847, 1,000 feet north of the intersection.