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[photo] [photo] Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
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The battle of Palo Alto was one of several important battles of the Mexican War fought on U.S. soil. The battle took place on May 8, 1846, when Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor and more than 2,000 U.S. troops fought 3,300 soldiers of the Mexican Army. The Mexicans attacked twice, and twice were repelled before retreating across the Rio Grande following a decisive defeat at Resaca de la Palma on May 9. Today, the Palo Alto Battlefield, a National Historical Park is administered by the National Park Service, remains open pasture land as it was at the time of the battle.

The Palo Alto Battlefield, a National Historic Landmark and unit of the National Park system is located at the junction of FM 1847 and 511, approximately six and a half miles north of Brownsville. The Park and Visitor Center are open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The park trail and battlefield overlook close at 4:30pm. The Visitor Center is located on the east side of FM 1847. Visit the park's website or call 956-541-2785 for further information.


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