BROWNSVILLE

Population 102,895

Altitude 57

General

This is Texas' southernmost city, international seaport, airport and railroad interchange point on the Mexican border. Area dates from the colonial days of Imperial Spain, covering periods of exploration, wars, revolutions, and colorful, although infamous, banditry.

The city began in 1846 when General Zachary Taylor established Fort Brown to confirm Rio Grande as a national boundary after the Republic of Texas became US State. Regrettably, hat very incident touched off the U.S. Mexican War, 1846 - 48. Several existing buildings of Fort Brown are now part of Texas Southmost Jr. College. Another institution of higher learning on the campus is the University of Texas-Pan American.

Brownsviille is the Rio Grande Valley's largest city whose industries include electronics, food processing and petrochemicals. Vacationers are attracted by subtropical climate, proximity to Mexico, excellent golf courses, and access to South Padre Island.

A major annual event is Charro Days, a spectacular four-day costume fiesta, usually in late February that features parades, music, dancing, and foods of this colorful two-nation region.

BROWNSVILLE ISLAND STATE PARK

BROWNSVILLE ART LEAGUE MUSEUM

BROWNSVILLE INFORMATION CENTER

CONFEDERATE AIR FORCE RIO GRANDE VALLEY WING

FORT BROWN/TEXAS SOUTHMOST JR. COLLEGE

GLADYS PORTER ZOO

HISTORIC BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM

MATAMOROS, MEXICO

PALMITO HILL BATTLEFIELD

PALO ALTO BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL PARK

PORT OF BROWNSVILLE

SABAL PALM GROVE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

STILLMAN HOUSE MUSEUM

Attractions

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