Historic Battlefield Trail
— Brownsville Hike & Bike Network —
The Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail stretches for almost-10 linear miles from the Mitte Cultural District and Southern Linear Park at the southern end to the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park to the north. The trail also connects to the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield.
The trail is a place for exercise and activity but also provides an opportunity to connect to important cultural opportunities and places of local, regional, and national history.
The Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail is open 365 days a year. The battlefield sites along the trail and some parking areas for the trail have various hours of operation. Please check closing times for these sites before leaving your car and setting out on the trail.
For emergency assistance, please call 911,
To ensure that all can safely enjoy this trail, users should be alert, courteous, and follow these guidelines.
Stay to your right on the trail, leaving room for others to pass on the left.
Bicyclists should use appropriate speed for traffic and let others know that they are approaching.
Be especially alert when crossing roadways and respect all traffic signals. If there are small children in your groups, keep them close by your side and away from other traffic on the trail.
Keep pets on short leashes and please pick up after them.
In 1846, soldiers of two countries marched along this route and faced off in the opening battles of the U.S.-Mexican War. That war established the Rio Grande as the border and helped create the city of Brownsville.
Today, the Historic Battlefield Trail provides hike and bike access to the preserved battlefields of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma and links them to Brownsville's museum and cultural district.
Follow in the footsteps of the soldiers of 1846. Enjoy a
peaceful way to visit scenes of the region's turbulent history.
Hike to battlefields and bike to history.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • War, Mexican-American. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. 26° 0.865′ N, 97° 28.861′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Palo Alto (a few steps from this marker); Palo Alto Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Palo Alto Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Border War / Guerra de fronteras (approx. half a mile away); Chosen Ground / Arena decidida (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cavalry Charge / Se lanzaba la caballería (approx. 0.7 miles away); Three Hundred Supply Wagons / Trescientas carretas de viveres (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Rancho Viejo" (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
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