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Brownsville, Texas

A historic mural image in Brownsville

Brownsville, Texas

In 1848, Brownsville was founded by Charles Stillman on the banks of the Rio Grande. The area played an important role in the Mexican-American War. During the Civil War the city saw Confederate Goods smuggled into Mexico. Recently, the city embraced this history with a $138,870 Preserve America grant to develop tours for its approximately 75 historic places. Brownsville’s dramatic past is explained through multimedia tours and murals of historic images installed throughout the city. The programs are kid friendly and accessible, with learning tools for young visitors and tours in Spanish. The grant helped to educate locals and visitors about Brownsville history while reviving the historic downtown as a tourist destination.

Photo: A historic mural image in Brownsville

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