South Padre Island at dawn
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Area AttractionsBrownsville, Texas is situated 20 miles from Gulf of Mexico and the South Padre Island tourist area. Brownsville also borders Mexico and the Mexican city of Matamoros.
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Other Points Of Interest
A number of historical markers are in place for sites related to the U.S.-Mexican War. A series of monuments recognizing the battle of Palo Alto have been positioned at the intersection of FM 1847 and FM 511 near the battlefield. The site of the battle of Resaca de la Palma, on Paredes Line road (between Price Rd. and FM 802) in Brownsville also bears several plaques. A marker for Rancho Carricitos, the skirmish that began the war, may be found on Highway 281, approximately 25 miles west of Brownsville. Perhaps most notably, the remains of Fort Texas, the 1846 U.S. outpost on the Rio Grande, are located on the bank of the river near the University of Texas at Brownsville.
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Did You Know?
No official U.S. battle map exists for Palo Alto. Lieutenant J. Edmund Blake, who was charged with drawing the map, accidentally shot himself and died just hours after the clash.