Dealey Plaza, Dallas Texas

Back at the end of October, a few friends and I flew to Dallas. We went with one purpose in mind: to see the site of the John F. Kennedy Assasination.I was seventeen on November 22, 1963, a senior in high school. Over the years, I’d read several books about the assasination and seen countless TV shows and debates about the truth of what happened. My mental images were strictly from photos and TV. I’d often thought I would like to see the actual place where this terrible history was made. Click on the photos for closeups.

Texas School Book Depository

Texas School Book Depository. The name of the building has since changed, but everyone still calls it by the old name. The Plaza is smaller than it looks on TV, but it  looks remarkably like the way it looked in 1963. This years marks the 50th anniversary of the assasination, so there were quite a few tourists. The window Oswald shot from is on the right corner of the building, second from the top. If you look closely at the closeup photo, you can see a box in the window, replicating the “sniper perch” Oswald used.

Houston and Elm Streets

Houston and Elm Streets, the most infamous location in Dallas. Lunchtime crowds turn out that sunny afternoon to see the President’s motorcade. One of the people in the crowd was Abraham Zapruder. He had a movie camera to film the historic event. This is what he saw, standing on the same spot: Zapruder's View

The “Zapruder Film” as his 8mm movie would be ultimately called, became the most watched historical video of all time.

Another view was from the sixth floor of the Book Depository. This was the view Lee Harvey Oswald had. The sixth floor of the School Book Depository is now a musuem, and the “snipers nest” in the corner is encased in glass. This view is actually from the seventh floor, directly above that window.

Oswald's View

Suddenly, shots rang out. The President was shot. There were three or possibly four shots, depending on different reports. In just a few short seconds, President Kennedy was fatally wounded. Today the locations where the bullets struck are marked by X’s on the street:

Point of Impact

There was mass confusion at the scene. Some people thought shots came from behind a fence at the top of a small hillock. This site became forever known as “The Grassy Knoll”:Grassy Knoll

This is the view from behind the fence on the Grassy Knoll. We were told the original boards from the fence have been replaced many times, as they are frequently taken as souveniers.

Behind the Fence on the Grassy Knoll

This is the view from the railroad overpass next to the Grassy Knoll, looking back toward Dealey Plaza

View from the Railroad Overpass

 Lee Harvey Oswald worked at the School Book Depository. This is the boarding house where he lived:Oswald's Boarding HouseOswald later shot and killed Dallas Police officer J.D. Tippitt. Oswald was captured inside the Texas Theater:Texas Theater Oswald Captured

Two days later, Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, after Ruby walked through this door and down a ramp into the Dallas Jail:

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 Bill Lewis, Jan Guiney, Ed Golat at Dealey Plaza.

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One thought on “Dealey Plaza, Dallas Texas

  1. Well done, BUT not the least bit surprised after reading your book. You have a way with words, Bill. I like your style.
    Think….your book on audio…..read by YOU. I am very serious…do it.
    When’s your next book coming out? There has to be another one….please??????

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