[Brownsville, Texas: Gladys Porter Zoo, the Battle of Palo Alto, and South Padre Island]

Description:

This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Brownsville, Texas. The video begins in Brownsville's Gladys Porter Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary, where the camera crew films: lemurs, lions, giraffes, antelopes, tortoises, chimpanzees, monkeys, hummingbirds, gorillas, a Texas Sable Palm jungle, and flamingos. The zoo's Deputy Director Zoologist, Pat Birchfield, and the Sanctuary Manager, Rose Farmer, discuss wildlife in the region.
Next, Heritage Historian Walter Plitt lists and describes various sites of historical importance in the Brownsville area, including the Battlefield of Palo Alto, where his interview takes place. He discusses the battle which took place there--the first of the Mexican-American War--and the strategic movements of the Mexican Army, led by Gen. Mariano Arista, and the U.S. Army, led by Gen. Zachary Taylor, during the course of the battle.
The video ends on South Padre Island, and this last segment of video shows the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, Port Isabel lighthouse, and the resort and market activity of the city of South Padre Island. Other footage in the video includes Brownsville Museum and the Southern Lines Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot building.

Creator(s): Unknown
Location(s): United States - Texas - Cameron County - Brownsville
Creation Date: Unknown
Partner(s):
UNT Media Library
Collection(s):
Texas Historical Television Footage
Usage:
Total Uses: 583
Past 30 days: 23
Yesterday: 0
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Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Cameron County - Brownsville
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Description:

This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Brownsville, Texas. The video begins in Brownsville's Gladys Porter Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary, where the camera crew films: lemurs, lions, giraffes, antelopes, tortoises, chimpanzees, monkeys, hummingbirds, gorillas, a Texas Sable Palm jungle, and flamingos. The zoo's Deputy Director Zoologist, Pat Birchfield, and the Sanctuary Manager, Rose Farmer, discuss wildlife in the region.
Next, Heritage Historian Walter Plitt lists and describes various sites of historical importance in the Brownsville area, including the Battlefield of Palo Alto, where his interview takes place. He discusses the battle which took place there--the first of the Mexican-American War--and the strategic movements of the Mexican Army, led by Gen. Mariano Arista, and the U.S. Army, led by Gen. Zachary Taylor, during the course of the battle.
The video ends on South Padre Island, and this last segment of video shows the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, Port Isabel lighthouse, and the resort and market activity of the city of South Padre Island. Other footage in the video includes Brownsville Museum and the Southern Lines Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot building.

Note:

Minor video interruption at 00:31:55 and 01:31:03. Sound distortion from wind at 01:40:35. Video ends at 01:47:35.
The program for which the films of the Texas Historical Television Footage collection were shot is not accessible, but the nature of the collection’s footage suggests it was intended for a public television show.

Physical Description:

1 video (120 min., 39 sec.) : sd., col.

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Keyword(s): television clips | camera crews | Battle of Palo Alto | Mexican Army | battlefields | Mexican American War | Gladys Porter Zoo | wildlife refuges | Texas Sable Palms | lemurs | lions | giraffes | antelopes | chimpanzees | gorillas | monkeys | tortoises | hummingbirds | flamingos | Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway | Port Isabel | lighthouses | South Padre Island | open air markets | beaches | resorts
Added Title: Brownsville, TX
Partner:
UNT Media Library
Collection:
Texas Historical Television Footage
Identifier:
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth194009
Resource Type: Video
Format: Video
Rights:
Access: Public