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Brownsville City Cemetery

Wander among the gravestones in this historic border town. 

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Located adjacent to an oxbow lake near the city center, the Brownsville Cemetery was founded in the mid-nineteenth century. Placards throughout the grounds detailing the lives of its occupants—from the original settlers to Pancho Villa’s troops, providing a tantalizing glimpse of the area’s colorful history. 

One unconventional element of this particular cemetery is that many of the tombs are above ground, possibly in a nod to the burial traditions of merchants from New Orleans who migrated to Brownsville for trading opportunities with the neighboring Mexican port city of Matamoros.

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The cemetery entrance is located near the corner of E Madison St and E 5th St, one block north of parking.

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