Brownsville Travel Guide

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Brownsville Overview

Brownsville is a fast growing city of about 180,000 (up 29% since 2000) located at the intersection/southeastern end of US Highways 77, 83 and 281 in Cameron County in the South Texas Plains section of Southern Texas. Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County. Brownsville is the southernmost city in Texas and is considered the second most important city, historically, in the state. Brownsville is just across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. Brownsville was established in 1846, after General Zachary Taylor established Fort Texas here to bolster the United States' claim of the Rio Grande as the border between the two countries. The fort was later renamed Fort Brown after Major Jacob Brown, the fort commander when the fort was attacked during the Mexican-American War. Brown was one of the two American casualties. The Mexican War 1846 to 1848 started here. Today the city is a vibrant city with a foot planted firmly in each culture. Cameron County was named for Ewen Cameron a Captain shot during the Mier Expedition.

Brownsville has several historic districts with many buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Pick up the brochure and map of the Brownsville Heritage Trail and see as much as you want.

Brownsville also has many fine museums.

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