Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site [TX]
The Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site preserves the site of the May 8, 1846 battle which officially initiated the U.S.-Mexican War. The war was fought to determine the boundary of Texas. During this battle, Mexican forces effectively delayed the advancement of U.S. troops and continued their siege of Fort Texas. However, these benefits had a high cost in casualties—102, as opposed to nine U.S. deaths.
The site offers a 15-minute introductory film, exhibits, wayside interpretive panels, a half-mile trail, Junior Ranger activities, educational programs for students, and one-hour outreach programs for students. The film is available in English and Spanish. All educational programs require at least two weeks advance notice. The website offers elementary school and middle school teacher's guides, as well as introductory video segments for children.