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The Brownsville-21 Project is a multifaceted project that includes walking tours, photomurals,  and information kiosks that serve to preserve the colorful history of the City of Brownsville.  The Brownsville-21 project was made possible by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Preserve America, the City of Brownsville and the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation.

The Brownsville-21 walking tours consist of six tour routes that give visitors several options to choose from when learning about our downtown history.  Several walking tour plaques are installed on these routes to coincide with tour maps and various tour medias available to guests.

Downtown and Market Square Tour

This is the core of all walking tours.  Visitors commence the tour from the Brownsville Heritage Museum onward to sites of interest on E. Elizabeth Street, E. Levee Street, and E. Adams Street.  There are two information kiosks within the Market Square Research Center which also includes free entry to the Into the Wild West exhibit, which was donated by the late Ben Edelstein.  The exhibit contains paintings and sculptures by Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell.  The exhibit is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Click here for photos of the Into the Wild West exhibit.

Courthouse Tour

The Courthouse tour begins at the historic Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Twelfth and E. Jefferson Streets.  It then continues on E. Madison sreet to the Cameron County Courthouse before continuing on E. Monroe Street.  The Cameron County Courthouse is open to the public during normal business hours.

The Old City Cemetery and Train Depot Tour

This tour begins at the Old City Cemetery Center, which is free to the public.  Visitors will find another kiosk at the Center, where historic images and information can be found.  In the Old City Cemetery, markers denote persons or areas of interest in addition to the walking tour guide recordings that directs visitors to and from the cemetery to E. Madison and E. Adams Streets sites of interest.

Click here for photos of the Old City Cemetery Center.

The Historic Alonso Building and Sacred Heart Church Tour

This tour begins on the corner of E. Elizabeth and E. 6th Streets before making its way to E. Saint Charles Street for a tour of the many beautifully restored homes and buildings found in the area.  Many of these former homes are now used as offices.

Click here for photos of the Historic Alonso Building.

Palm Boulevard Tour

The Palm Blvd. tour takes place in the vincinity of the Brownsville Independent School District (BISD)'s central administrative building, which was formerly Brownsville High School.  Visitors will find another kiosk inside the BISD museum, located in the central building.  This museum is open during normal business hours and is free to the public.

Fort Brown Tour

This walking tour takes you to various places on the UTB-TSC campus.  Visitors can enjoy some of the most beautifully restored buildings still in use today.

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