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Brownsville Battlefields

The last battle of the

Civil War was fought at

Palmito Ranch, located 12

miles east on Texas Hwy.

4 near Brownsville, sever-

al weeks after the Confed-

erate surrender. Browns-

ville also got caught in the

crossfire of the Mexican-

American War, that time

at Palo Alto, located on

7200 Paredes Line Road.

Both battlefields have

been preserved as na-

tional historical sites. For

more information on Palo

Alto, (956) 541-2785.

Gladys Porter Zoo

Opened in 1971. Gladys

Porter Zoo continues to

be one of the premier

zoos of the world. With

more than 1,700 animal

specimens, the zoo spe-

cializes in collecting and

breeding endangered

species. This 31-acre park

has all zoo favorites like

gorillas, giraffes, lions,

rhinos and other exotic

animals. Virtually all ani-

mals live in open exhibits

where visitors are able to

view them in their natural

surroundings. The zoo, lo-

cated on 500 Ringgold in

Brownsville, is open from

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 365

days a year with extended

weekend and summer

hours. Call(956) 546-

7187 for more informa-

tion.

Coastal Studies Lab

This satellite of the

University of Texas-Pan

American studies and

exhibits marine life like

mollusks, crustaceans

and marine vertebrates

along with plant life. The

lab, located on 100 Ma-

rine Land Dr., Isla Blanca

County Park, South Padre

Island is open from 1:30

to 4:30 p.m. Sundaythru

Friday, and group tours

are by appointment at the

same times. Call (956)

761-2644 for more infor-

mation.

Historic Brownsville

Museum

Housed in the historic

Southern Pacific railroad

passenger depot, this mu-

seum chronicles Browns-

ville's history with photo

exhibits and other perma-

nent and rotating exhibits.

The Brownsville Heritage

Education Center within

the museum also pres-

ents slide shows, lectures

and other special events.

Group tours are available

with advance notice. The

museum, located on 641

E. Madison St. in Browns-

ville, is open from 10 a.m.

to 4:30 p.m. Mondaythru

Friday and from 10 a.m.

to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Call(956) 548-1313 for

more information.

Hidalgo County

Historical Museum

Visit the "Valley's Time Ma-

chine" and learn all about

colorful South Texas and

Northern Mexico...the land

of unique heritage and his-

tory and spans centuries

and cultures alike. Housed

in the 1910 Hidalgo

County Jail Building and

adjacent structures, with

over 7,000 square feet

of professionally-curated

exhibits, HCHM makes his-

tory come alive. Tours are

available by appointment.

The museum, located on

121 East McIntyre in Edin-

burg, is open to the public

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday thruFriday, 10

a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday

and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Call (956) 383-6911 for

more information.

Hidalgo Pumphouse

Heritage and Discovery

Center

This first class museum

shows how the Valley was

turned from brush land to

lush farmland by irrigation.

Its modern visitors' center

has a model steam engine

among its exhibits, and a

protected walkway allows

visitors to tour the plant.

Guided tours are available.

The museum, located on

902 S. 2nd St. in Hidalgo,

is open from 11 a.m. to 6

p.m. Tuesday thru Friday

and from 2 to 6 p.m. on

Sunday. Call (956) 843-

8686 for more informa-

tion.

Iwo Jima Memorial

This memorial on the

campus of Harlingen's

Marine Military Academy,

fashioned from a photo

of U.S. Marines planting

the flag on Iwo Jima, was

the original statue used

to cast the more famous

monument in Arlington,

VA. A visitor's center

includes a museum focus-

ing on the battle with a

30-minute film, a gift shop

and a scrapbook of all Iwo

Jima veterans who have

visited the monument.

The memorial, located

on 320 Iwo Jima Blvd. in

Harlingen, is open from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday

thru Saturday and from 1

to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Call

(956) 421-9234 for more

information.

La Lomita Mission

The little adobe chapel

built by the Oblate Fathers

in 1865 still stands next

to the Rio Grande, south

of the city of Mission that

was names for it, on FM

1016 (Conway) three

miles south of Mission.

Parks & Historical Sites