Dealey Plaza in Dallas, infamous for being the site of JFK‘s tragic assassination, will be restored in time for the 50th anniversary on November 22, 2013.

Aerial View of Dealey Plaza

The site of JFK‘s brutal assassination back in 1963, the park has remained virtually the same over the past fifty years. Restoration plans include repairing structural damage, updating the fountains in the two reflecting pools and bringing some sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

JFK's Motorcade Through Dallas

George Bannerman Dealey—longtime publisher of the Dallas Morning News—used his influence to campaign for redevelopment of the plaza, which had become neglected and run-down in the 1930s. His efforts inspired revitalization of the park, and as a result, it bears his name. A larger-than-life statue of the powerful business mogul in the plaza pays him homage.

Statue of George Bannerman Dealey in Dealey Plaza

Dominating the park on the northwest corner of Elm and Houston Streets is the Texas School Book Depository Building, formerly with its fabled Hertz billboard and clock on the roof. The seven-story brick building was a regional textbook storage and redistribution center in 1963. Employee Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired his Mannlicher-Carcano rifle from the sixth-floor southeast window at the president’s motorcade.

Texas School Book Depository

North of Elm Street is a concrete structure called the Pergola. About one hundred feet long, the rounded concrete trellis has a semi-enclosed back and top with a latticework of gaping rectangles. The Pergola sits atop a sloping hill known as the Grassy Knoll. Many conspiracy experts theorize that shots were also fired from the Grassy Knoll or from behind the stockade fence.

Grassy Knoll and Concrete Pergola

At 12:29 pm on November 22, 1963, President Kennedy‘s motorcade made a sharp left onto Elm Street from Houston Street, entering Dealey Plaza. American and presidential flags billowed from the front quarter panels of his specially designed Lincoln convertible. As the spectators cheered, President and Mrs. Kennedy smiled and waved at the crowd. At 12:30 pm, shots rang out, echoing throughout the plaza. The motorcade sped away, transporting the fatally wounded president to Parkland Memorial Hospital. He was declared dead thirty minutes later.

View from "Sniper's Perch" on Sixth Floor of TSBD

For a thrilling fictional account of the tragic assassination of President Kennedy, check out blockbuster novel, DESTINATION DEALEY: Countdown to the Kennedy Conspiracy.

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