Seeing History in Dallas
From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 17: Dallas, TX
Our exploration of the city today centered around these two Presidents. First stop was Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Just a couple of blocks walk from our hotel took us to this public square honoring George Bannerman Dealey, a 19th century newspaper publisher and civic leader.
|BEFORE 1963, DEALY PLAZA WAS ALL ABOUT GEORGE DEALY.|
|FORMER TEXAS SCHOOL BOOK DEPOSITORY AT THE CORNER OF ELM & HOUSTON STREETS|
|THE AREA WHERE OSWALD TOOK AIM AT THE PRESIDENT IS GLASSED IN.|
|FROM THE 7TH FLOOR, DIRECTLY ABOVE OSWALD'S VANTAGE POINT|
|STRINGS SHOW THE TRAJECTORY OF THE SHOTS FROM THE BUILDING TO THE MOTORCADE.|
|THE GRASSY KNOLL WHERE ZAPRUDER STOOD ON WHITE PEDESTAL AT FAR LEFT TO FILM.|
|KENNEDY MEMORIAL PLAZA|
|TYPICAL OF THE ORIGINAL CABINS BUILT ON THIS SPOT WHEN DALLAS WAS FOUNDED IN 1841.|
|GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM|
|NO, THE GRASS DOESN'T NEED MOWING.|
|VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE GALLERY EXHIBIT ARTIFACTS EMPHASIZING BUSH VALUES.|
|REMEMBERING VIVIDLY THE EVENTS OF 9/11, WE FOUND THE DISPLAY PARTICULARLY POIGNANT.|
Like the Carter Library we've visited in Atlanta, the Bush Center houses a full-size replica of the Oval Office in the White House. Today it was crowded with visitors waiting their turn to be photographed sitting at the Presidential desk.
|VARIOUS TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS SONGS DOMINATED THE HOLIDAY EXHIBITS.|
Upon our departure from the Bush center, we drove to the Dallas Arboretum and Gardens, the city's top attraction. With only an hour to explore the extensive gardens before closing time and having already walked 4.5 miles today, we backed off and decided to pass this time and return to the hotel. Before calling it a day, however, we walked five blocks from the hotel to Pioneer Plaza to check out another favorite spot of Dallas visitors.
|THE $9 MILLION PROJECT WAS FUNDED PRIMARILY BY PRIVATE SOURCES.|
After marveling at this monstrous work of art, we trudged back to the hotel to the sound of thousands, of great-tailed grackles perched in the upper reaches of trees and atop utility poles and power lines along our route, squawking out their evening serenades.
Tomorrow we'll head south from Dallas toward Austin and eventually San Antonio before turning back west.
TUESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2016
• Ended in: Dallas, TX
• Miles driven: 26 (trip: 2,406)
• Weather: 54° to 73°, clear
• Letterboxes: Found 3, Planted 0 (trip: F44, P8)
• Walked: 5.3 miles (trip: 40)
• States: TX (trip: 5)
• Counties: 1
• Towns: 1
• Cackling grackles: 17,158
• SMU students wearing shorts in late November: 87%
• Volunteer docents at Bush Center: 63
• Goats keeping grass trimmed at Bush Center: 0 (Our guess was wrong.)
• Indications Bush landscaping will change: 0
Loved: Experiencing the sense of history emanating from sites like Dealey Plaza whose names are so familiar
Lacking: Communication between the building architect and the landscape designer at the Bush center?
Learned: It was interesting to learn in the exhibits what President Bush saw as the legacy of his presidency and the guiding principles that inspired his decisions in office—opportunity, freedom, responsibility and compassion. We also had been unaware of the work of the Bush Institute in ongoing programs to promote women's issues, leadership training, veterans transitions and other matters important to George and Laura Bush.
More Photos from Today
|X PAINTED ON STREET MARKS JFK'S LOCATION WHEN FATALLY SHOT.|
|A SHAFT OF LIGHT FROM THE KENNEDY MEMORIAL|
|SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM GIFT SHOP SELLS MANY TYPES OF KENNEDY MEMORABILIA.|
|GRATEFUL PIGEONS CLEAN UP AFTER AN OUTDOOR DINER AT LA MADELEINE.|
|THE BEAUTIFUL SMU CAMPUS|
|ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL BUSH LEGACIES|
|A CONCEPT MORE UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED|
|SOME OF THE MANY GIFTS PRESENTED TO THE BUSHES WHILE IN OFFICE.|