Rep. Vela Introduces Bill to Add Fort Brown to Palo Alto Battlefield National Park

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela announced the introduction of legislation to amend the law which established the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park to include the historic Fort Brown site in Brownsville. The fort was a crucial location during the Mexican-American War and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.  The bill would authorize the transfer of property from the IBWC (International Boundary and Water Commission) Tract 10 to the National Park Service to be part of the Palo Alto Battlefield, which also includes Resaca de la Palma Battlefield unit.

“Preservation and protection of historic sites like Fort Brown will help ensure public access to locations of significance to the United States, the state of Texas and the City of Brownsville,” said Vela.  “As Brownsville’s federal Representative, it is my honor to work with the National Park Service and the local community to expand the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park.”