The first traveling exhibit for the City of Alamo Museum has opened featuring the history of Fort Brown, the first military border post in Texas.
The fort was established in what is now the Brownsville area, across the Rio Grande River from Matamoros, Mexico. It played an important role as the first battle in the Mexican-American War.
On April 25, 1846 Mexican calvary attacked a group of U.S. soldiers under the command of General Zachary Taylor, killing about a dozen. The Mexicans laid siege to Fort Brown that was occupied by U.S. soldiers as part of a claim to that territory. Taylor called in reinforcements and was able to defeat the Mexicans at the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 31, 2021. The museum, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m., is located at 130 South Eighth Street in Alamo. For more information call 956-961-4398.