It took a couple of years after moving to the Dallas area but we finally went downtown and visited the Dealey Plaza where John F Kennedy was fatally shot in 1963. The picture above is taken from the spot that the President was fatally shot looking back towards the sixth floor window in the Book Depository – now the Sixth Floor Museum.

 

 

Dealey Plaza Dallas - View from Reunion Tower

Dealey Plaza Dallas – View from Reunion Tower

This is the view of Dealey Plaza from my visit to the Reunion Tower nearby.

 

Dealey Plaza Dallas - Map

Dealey Plaza Dallas – Map

While Dallas is not thrilled to be the city where this fateful event happened, it does bring many tourists to the region. This map points out some of the features of the Plaza.

 

Dealey Plaza Dallas - George Dealey Statue

Dealey Plaza Dallas – George Dealey Statue

Dealey Plaza is named after George Bannerman Dealey. He was a leading figure in the history of Dallas.

 

Dealey Plaza Dallas - City Plaque

Dealey Plaza Dallas – City Plaque

The Plaza also was the starting point for Dallas.

 

Dealey Plaza Dallas - View Across Elm Street

Dealey Plaza Dallas – View Across Elm Street

The plaque above is an excerpt from the speech that JFK was going to give before being shot that fateful day in November, 1963. This plaque overlooks the location of that shot.

 

Dealey Plaza Dallas - X Marks the Spot Where Kennedy was Shot

Dealey Plaza Dallas – X Marks the Spot Where Kennedy was Shot

There is an “X” in the street that marks the historic moment.

 

Dealey Plaza Dallas - Zapruder Filming Spot

Dealey Plaza Dallas – Zapruder Filming Spot

This sign marks the location of Abraham Zapruder, a spectator with a movie camera that is probably the most analyzed video of all time. You can almost visualize that movie play in your mind as you look out into the street.

 

Dealey Plaza Dallas - Grassy Knoll Sign

Dealey Plaza Dallas – Grassy Knoll Sign

And for you conspiracy enthusiasts, there is a big sign pointing out the grassy knoll. This is where some speculate the fatal shot actually came from even though science seems to side with the Oswald shooting.

You can visit and decide for yourself.

 

 

 

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This is an interesting place to visit. While this is a National Historic Landmark, it is also a flourishing tourist spot. There is a fascinating tour available in the Sixth Floor Museum that we will post later. The tour will immerse the visitor in the years preceding the shooting as well as the events that occurred during the shooting and its aftermath.

For more information visit these websites:

http://www.jfk.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dealey_Plaza

 

 

Dealey Plaza - Dallas, Texas

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