Downtown Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

I lived in the Dallas area from 1988 to 1991, but somehow had never had much of a reason to explore downtown. Alot had changed in 20 years and on a trip there in 2010 I had 90 minutes to occupy, so I walked around a bit.

Perhaps Downtown Dallas' most popular tourist attraction is also its most macabre. On 22 November 1963, US President John Kennedy was assassinated as he rode through a motorcade in Dealey Plaza. The plaza itself was built in 1940 as a WPA project memorializing the founding of Dallas and it was named after civic leader George Bannerman Dealey (1859 - 1946). However, it is better remembered for the death of a president than the birth of a city.

Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was stationed in the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building. An additional assassin may have been located on the "grassy knoll" on the north side of the street. Two X's on the Elm Street pavement mark the approximate locations of the Kennedy's limousine when two of the shots hit him. Visitors wait for traffic to pass and run out into the street to have their pictures taken on those two spots. Them's my people, y'all.

Downtown Dallas, TX - Dallas Morning News and the Omni Hotel
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Dallas Morning News and the Omni Hotel
Downtown Dallas, TX - Ferris Plaza
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Ferris Plaza
Downtown Dallas, TX - Old Dallas Courthouse
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Old Dallas Courthouse
Downtown Dallas, TX - Old Dallas Courthouse
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Old Dallas Courthouse
Downtown Dallas, TX - Dallas County Criminal Court
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Dallas County Criminal Court
Downtown Dallas, TX - Dealy Plaza
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Dealy Plaza
Downtown Dallas, TX - Texas School Book Depository
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Texas School Book Depository
Downtown Dallas, TX - Texas School Book Depository
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Texas School Book Depository
Downtown Dallas, TX - Texas School Book Depository
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Texas School Book Depository
Downtown Dallas, TX - Texas School Book Depository
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Texas School Book Depository
Downtown Dallas, TX - Elm Street
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Elm Street
Downtown Dallas, TX - Elm Street
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Elm Street
Downtown Dallas, TX - Elm Street and the grassy knoll
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Elm Street and the grassy knoll
Downtown Dallas, TX - Dealey Plaza plaque
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Dealey Plaza plaque
Downtown Dallas, TX - Assassination plaque
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Assassination plaque
Downtown Dallas, TX - Assassination map
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Assassination map
Downtown Dallas, TX - Tourists and the grassy knoll
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Tourists and the grassy knoll
Downtown Dallas, TX - Elm Street
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Elm Street
Downtown Dallas, TX - X marks the spot
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X marks the spot
Downtown Dallas, TX - Dealey Plaza
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Dealey Plaza
Downtown Dallas, TX - Lee and Me
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Lee and Me
Downtown Dallas, TX - Tourists and the grassy knoll
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Tourists and the grassy knoll
Downtown Dallas, TX - Assassination spot
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Assassination spot
Downtown Dallas, TX - Restoration marker
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Restoration marker
Downtown Dallas, TX - Waiting for traffic
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Waiting for traffic
Downtown Dallas, TX - Hi, Mom!
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Hi, Mom!
Downtown Dallas, TX - Dealey Plaza
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Dealey Plaza
Downtown Dallas, TX - Dealey plaza
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Dealey plaza
Downtown Dallas, TX - WPA marker
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WPA marker
Downtown Dallas, TX - Commerce Street
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Commerce Street

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