Written by Shirley T
Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:00
If Dealey Plaza could talk, perhaps we would have answered the speculation how the 35-th President of United States - John F. Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963 in Dallas.
Nestled on the western edge of Dallas Downtown by a grassy knoll near a triple underpass and a railroad bridge atop, there is a small urban park called Dealey Plaza. When I first learned about the name of this place, the first impression I had was a four-wall confined building since it was named a 'plaza'. Guess this is the implication of too much feed from shopping malls context in the concrete jungles.
Standing in-between Commerce Street and Elm Street, the open-air plaza is separated half by the one-way Main Street. Looking towards south gives a good view of Reunion Tower - the iconic landmark of Dallas whilst the opposite is the historic building of Old Red Museum.
On the same ground, there is a bronze statue of George Bannerman Dealey. He was a well-known civic leader and formerly a publisher of The Dallas Morning News. Many of us mistakenly refer Dealey Plaza and the statue were built in honor of President John F. Kennedy since Dealey Plaza is typically cited as the venue where JFK was shot. On contrary, this square has been around since 1940.
Albeit small in nature, it is a pleasant spot to sit down, unwind, in touch with history over the contrast of Dallas modern skyline that rises behind!
Directly opposite Old Red Museum at the intersection of Main Street and S. Houston Street
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