The last installment of my day exploring Dallas Texas, this is a collection of random photos from my wander around downtown. One of the things that did surprise me was how quiet it was. Most, if not all, downtown areas of big cities are usually always busy on a work day. Has anyone seen Cyrano?
One of the mandatory sites to visit in Dallas Texas is Dealey Plaza, the site of JFK’s assassination. Whilst there a lot people, including me, also visit the 6th Floor Museum which is in the building formerly known as the Texas Book Depository.
22 November 1963
On Friday, November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) the President of the United States of America was assassinated in Dealey Plaza, Dallas Texas, by Lee Harvey Oswald. JFK was the 35th President of the USA and was 46 years old at the time of his death.
JFK Memorial Dallas Texas
Not far from Dealey Plaza is the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial. Built in 1970 according to a design by Philip Johnson, apparently a close friend of the Kennedy Family, and was approved by Jackie Kennedy. The memorial is a square cenotaph that is 9m high and 15m wide, the walls are composed of 72 white pre-cast concrete columns that are raised about 25cm from the ground. I like this simple, striking and peaceful memorial.
The joy and excitement of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s life belonged to all men. So did the pain and sorrow of his death. When he died on November 22, 1963, shock and agony touched human conscience throughout the world. In Dallas, Texas, there was a special sorrow. The young President died in Dallas. The death bullets were fired 200 yards west of this site. This memorial, designed by Philip Johnson, was erected by the people of Dallas. Thousands of citizens contributed support, money and effort. It is not a memorial to the pain and sorrow of death, but stands as a permanent tribute to the joy and excitement of one man’s life. John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s life.Read more
One of my favourite finds on my walk in Dallas Texas was the sculpture tribute to the 19th Century cattle drives along the Shawnee Trail in Pioneer Plaza.
In total there are over 49 steers, and 3 trail riders all sculpted in bronze by Robert Summers. Each steer is approximately 6 ft in height, which apparently makes them 130% larger than the real thing making it, from a weight perspective, the largest bronze monument in the world. The 4 acre (16,000 m2) sculpture was started in November 1992 and finished, on time, late 1994 at a cost of around USD9 million.
The attention to detail is amazing and I can see why it is considered the second most popular tourist spot in downtown Dallas Texas. Read more
Next up on my exploration of Dallas Texas was Pioneer Park Cemetery, where I came across a Confederate War Memorial, more on that later, and the following tablet donated by the High Noon Club of Dallas
“Our Brethren of ‘76
To the memory of those Masons who provided much of the inspiration, determination and leadership for the American revolution that brought independence to the Colonists and established a free Nation under God in America, the High Noon Club of Dallas dedicates this tablet.
May 31, 1976″
In addition to the remains of some of Dallas’ earliest founders and 4 of Dallas’ Mayors the Pioneer Park Cemetery is also home to at least one squirrel.
Whilst in Vancouver I my hosts, Lou and Ken, decided it was time to check out their friends’ bar, Fet’s Whisky Kitchen. I am glad that they did as if you like a wee dram or six, Fet’s is the place to visit. They have been in business for around 30 years and, as per their website, they LOVE Whisky and even cook with it!
As we visited Fet’s after dining at the Blue Water Cafe we were already full, but there is always room for a Whisky!