The First Clash

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

Display of two soldiers. One dressed in 1846 U.S. Army uniform the other Mexican Army uniform

U.S.-Mexican War Soldier Database

Discover soldiers and sailors on both sides that fought in the U.S.-Mexican War.

Living historians dressed in Mexican War era military uniforms

History & Culture

Discover the people, places, and stories that make Palo Alto Battlefield a special place.

Picnic table underneath the shade of a shelter

Plan Your Visit

Make the most of your trip and do a little planning before heading out to the park.

Last updated: August 6, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Harrison Street
Room 1006

Brownsville, TX 78520

Phone:

(956) 541-2785 x333

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