Brownsville: Fort Brown

Fort Brown has longed played an important role in protecting the border. Originally named Fort Texas, it was a strategic fort in the Mexican War of the mid-1800s and later in the Civil War.

In 1910, as the Mexican Revolution threatened to spill over the border into Texas, it was again garrisoned with troops. In 1917, the “Zimmerman Telegram” confirmed Texans’ worst fears of a conspiracy between Mexico and Germany against the United States.

Fort Brown’s remaining structures how house The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Contact the campus visitor center for more information and to schedule a tour of Fort Brown.

The Museum of South Texas History in nearby Edinburg features an exhibit about the Zimmerman Telegram - and how it changed the course of history.

Fort Brown - University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley