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Fort Brown Walking Tour
Fort Brown is located in Brownsville, Texas, one of Texas' most historic cities.
Some of the prominent surviving buildings you will see on your tour of Fort Brown which include the post hospital (Gorgas Hall), the unmarried officers/jailers quarters, the medical laboratory (Champion Hall), the morgue and linen storage, and the guardhouse/commissary.
Read more about Fort Brown's history
Fort Brown: Sentinel on the Frontier by As the primary U.S. military establishment at the mouth of the Rio Grande, Fort Brown became a major prize for both sides during the Civil War. Originally named Fort Texas and later renamed in honor of Major Jacob Brown, one of the first casualties in the Mexican American War, the fort was built by General Zachary Taylor in 1846, making it the first major U.S. military post built along the Rio Grande. In February 1861, Union General David Twiggs—a southern sympathizer—agreed to surrender all military sites in Texas to the Confederacy. During most of the Civil War, Confederate troops at Fort Brown served as guardians of the prosperous cotton trade to Matamoros. After May 1865, Fort Brown was re-occupied by the U.S. Army, including U.S. Colored Troops, and resumed its role as a guardian of the border. This catalog is a product of a class taught by the CHAPS Program faculty on Public History and was designed to give our students experience in developing a traveling museum exhibit for many to enjoy.
Publication Date: 2019
Fort Brown: the first border post by Fort Brown: The First Border Post, tells the story of the important role this historic military post played along the border for nearly 100 years, and the importance of Fort Brown to its neighboring community, Brownsville Texas.
Publication Date: 2005
The Ghosts of Fort Brown : an informal study of Brownsville folklore and parapsychology by This book began as an attempt to answer a frequent research question asked at the Arnulfo L. Oliveira Memorial Library. The question commonly heard is "Is the campus haunted?" or "Where do you find the ghosts?" . Since Fort Brown has been witness to several wars, to include the Mexican War and the American Civil War as well as to hostilites arising from the Mexican Revolution and deaths from various fever epidemics, local ghost stories came into being surrounding supposed ghost sightings at old Fort Brown, now serving as the campus for Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas at Brownsville. This publication provides a collection of such local ghost stories, some locally written poetry relevant to ghost sightings, and a description of the investigations of local "ghost hunters" as to the existence of ghosts on the grounds of old Fort Brown.
Publication Date: 2003