Welcome to Around Brownsville
At first glimpse little more than a long stretch of dry lifeless prairie marsh, the region surrounding Brownsville plays an important conservation role and has also been the home to surprising historic firsts and lasts. These wetlands play host to a multitude of bird species such as brown pelicans, aplomado falcons and mangrove warblers, and even serve as nesting grounds for the critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle.
In earlier times they also hosted two noteworthy battles, and it was here that the opening salvos of the Mexican-American War and the final shots of the US Civil War were fired. Not shabby for a bit of empty prairie marsh.