Do you remember the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated?
November 22, 1963, is a day many Americans will never forget. I was not born yet but have heard many stories about that infamous day. We have visited Dallas, Texas many times, but had never been to the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza until this summer. My oldest son who will be 16 this summer loves history. He talked us into visiting the museum. We had seen documentaries on television talking about the day John F. Kennedy was shot but had never seen the actual area. Standing on the famous Grassy Knoll and watching the cars go by headed for the Triple Underpass was an eerie feeling. Standing there made me think about all the people who were standing on the same Grassy Knoll and watching the motorcade on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. They must have been so excited to see the President of the United States until they realized he had been shot right in front of them. We took the Dealey Plaza cell phone walking tour which covered the buildings and monuments within walking distance of where John F. Kennedy was shot. The walking tour was so educational and worth a visit the next time you are in Dallas. We had a great day together as a family discovering the events around what happened the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
This is a picture of John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy riding in the presidential motorcade before he was shot. This mural is on the wall in the lobby of the Sixth Floor Museum where you purchase your tickets. Of course, the John F. Kennedy Museum is located in the famous building where Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president. Lee Harvey Oswald worked in this building when it was the Texas School Book Depository. The Texas School Book Depository was used to ship school books all over Texas. The gun was shot from the sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository. I did not get a picture of the courthouse, but it was located on the corner across from the Texas School Book Depository. Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby in the garage of the jail while he was being transported to the court building. Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald just two days after Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy. Because Jack Ruby shot Oswald, we may never know exactly what happened the day the president was killed.
The front entrance showed the hours the museum is open. For additional information see the Museum Website.
They believe the shot that killed President Kennedy was fired from the window of the Sixth Floor Texas School Book Depository. It is the window in the above picture that is open.
This is the National Historic Landmark Plaque placed on the edge of the famous Grassy Knoll close to the place in the street where the president was shot. There were a couple of X’s marking the spot in the street where John F. Kennedy was shot.
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza was built so people could come and honor him. You can tell in the picture below that the memorial has extremely high walls. This was to help keep out the road noise while people paid their respects.
The old courthouse from 1982 called Old Red.
This is the building called Old Red. Old Red was the courthouse built in Dallas in 1892. It is located just a couple of blocks from where John F. Kennedy was assassinated. This is a gorgeous building. It looks like a castle. I was so amazed at the structure and took lots of pictures. The land to build Old Red on was donated by the founder of Dallas, who was John Neely Bryan. Old Red is now a museum.