August is a special month of celebration. It is the U.S National Park Services’ 100th Anniversary in just a couple of more weeks. Did you know Brownsville is home to one of the most important historical parks?
The 34-hundred acres of preserved and protected land is the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park in Brownsville…. ready to welcome visitors on this special month.
“if everything holds on track, we’re poised to have our best year of visitation for Palo Alto. We’re having a birthday! August 25th, 1916, president Woodrow Wilson signed into legislation mentioned the creation of the national park service,” says Palo Alto Superintendent Mark Spier.
Spier explains the park was created in the 70s, with this facility opening in the early 2000s. Just one of more than 400 national parks across the U.S of A.
“That’s what texas look like in 1846…” Spier begins.
It was that year that the Palo Alto Battlefield became the first of three important stops in the Mexican war. The size of the U.S almost doubled as a result of what occurred here 170 years ago.
“These cannon (Mexico’s) at the time were probably 100 year old cannons, whereas ours were brand new,” explains Spier.
Not only do you get a glimpse into American and Mexican history by visiting the place where new boundary lines were drawn and two cultures intertwined….
“We have great opportunities to come out and see nature, to bird watch, just to go outside and move away from the hub-bub of every day life,” says Spier.
“It’s awesome, it’s like peaceful and i don’t know i like it,” says Adam Saldaña, who’s been using the park for exercise for more than 10 years.
If you’d like to visit the Palo Alto Battlefield and take a tour, you can use your own celphone, dial 956-847-3002, plug in your stop number, and you’re good to go.
“But most importantly, come out here and experience and just come and see what you own. It’s a wonderful place,” says Spier.
To celebrate that 100th year anniversary of the National Park Service, the Palo Alto Battlefield Park will be partnering with the USCIS to host a special swear-in ceremony for new American citizens…August 24th.