First Clash of the U.S.-Mexican War
On May 8, 1846, United States and Mexican troops clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto. The battle was the first in a two-year long war that changed the map of North America. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the site of this notable battle and provides an understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the U.S.-Mexican War.Read More
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March Into the Past
Walk the trails and survey Palo Alto from our battlefield overlook. The trail also features interpretive waysides and rest stops as well.Read More
Programs and Events
Palo Alto offers a variety of interpretive programming and special events. For the latest information on programs and events, contact the park.Read More
Make Palo Alto Your Classroom
Bring your students to Palo Alto Battlefield for a unique learning opportunity and experience the battlefield firsthand.Read More
Did You Know?
Major Jacob Brown was one of many U.S. soldiers who marched to war with his dog beside him. When soldiers buried Major Brown in the earthworks at Fort Texas, the dog—a beagle—took up a position on his master’s grave and refused to move from the spot for days.