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Hand colored lithograph of the battle of Palo Alto
Hand-colored lithograph of the battle of Palo Alto.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Park Significance

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is the site of the first major battle of the U.S.-Mexican War. Visitors can experience a landscape almost as it existed on the day of the battle. The park enjoys the unique distinction of being the only National Park Service unit to interpret the U.S.-Mexican War.

Together with the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield unit, Palo Alto Battlefield provides an opportunity to learn about the war, its causes and consequences, and its impact on the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

Looking to learn more about this important site? This page is a great place to start.

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.

Queen butterfly on a Texas thistle flower

Nature at Palo Alto

Palo Alto is more than a battlefield. The park also protects a variety of plant and animal life.

A Park Stewards Summer Intern and children standing at a cannon.

Education at Palo Alto

Make Palo Alto your classroom where human and natural history come alive for your students.

Sun shining through clouds over the coastal prairie

Palo Alto's Photo Gallery

Browse our public domain photos. Photo credit should be given to the NPS and/or photographer.

Children wearing vests with Jr. Ranger badges on them

Palo Alto Has Something for the Kids Too

Palo Alto Battlefield is not just for history buffs. The park is constantly adding programming geared for kids.

Last updated: September 11, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Harrison Street
Room 1006

Brownsville, TX 78520


(956) 541-2785 x333

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