Death in Dallas

Trip Start Jun 27, 2010
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Trip End Jul 16, 2010


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Monday, June 28, 2010

In the morning I went in search of food and was able to find something for breakfast and lunch to last me a few days and dinner tonight. I was hit with jetlag in the middle of the day and ended up falling asleep for a couple of hours.  After lunch I decided to visit the area where JFK was shot on the 22nd November 1963. 

The Sixth Floor Museum is dedicated to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and is in the same building from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired the shots.  It is essentially an audio tour of a very good display.  The display starts with JFK's election through to his assassination and subsequent investigations and conspiracy theories.  I love a good conspiracy theory!

Outside and across the street is Dealey Plaza, the grassy knoll and the nearby underpass.  It is here that JFK was actually shot. Looking at it in person I certainly recognised the landmarks from footage I had seen on TV.  I hadn’t realised that the grassy knoll was so close to the roadway though.  His assassination occurred exactly two week after I was born and my mum told me that the event upset my (Irish) father to no end. 

Up the street, a little further, on the corner of Houston and Main Streets is the Old Red Museum of Dallas Country History and Culture.  One block back on Market Street is the JFK Memorial - a nice space but that is all there is to it.  All these places are only a couple of blocks away from my hotel which is on Elm Street. 
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