Dealey Plaza, Dallas, TX

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UploadedJuly 17, 2010
TakenJune 2, 2010
Exposure1/125 sec at f/8
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Focal Length4.2 mm
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Dealey Plaza is bounded on the south, east, and north sides by 100+ foot (30+ m) tall buildings. One of those buildings is the former Texas School Book Depository building, from which, both the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded, Lee Harvey Oswald fired a rifle that killed President John F. Kennedy. There is also a grassy knoll on the northwest side of the plaza, from which, the House Select Committee on Assassinations determined, based on controversial and disputed acoustic analysis, there was a "high probability" that a second gunman also fired at President Kennedy, but missed. At the plaza's west perimeter is a triple underpass beneath a railroad bridge, under which the motorcade raced after the shots were fired.

Today, the plaza is typically filled with tourists visiting the assassination site and The Sixth Floor Museum that now occupies the top two floors of the seven story former Book Depository. Since 1989, more than 5 million people have visited the museum.

The United States National Park Service designated Dealey Plaza a National Historic Landmark District in 1993, roughly encompassing the area between Pacific Avenue, Market and Jackson Streets and the former railroad tracks. Therefore, nothing of significance has been torn down or rebuilt in the immediate area. (A small plaque commemorating the assassination exists in the plaza.)

Visitors to Dealey Plaza today will see street lights and street signs that were in use in 1963, though some have been moved to different locations and others removed entirely. Buildings immediately surrounding the plaza have not been changed since 1963, presenting a stark contrast to the ultra-modern Dallas skyline that rises behind it.

Over the last 40+ years, Elm Street has been resurfaced several times; street lane stripes have been relocated; sidewalk lamp posts have been moved and added; trees, bushes and hedges have grown; and some traffic sign locations have been changed, relocated or removed. In late 2003, the city of Dallas approved construction project plans to restore Dealey Plaza to its exact appearance on November 22, 1963. As of 2004, voters had approved US$500,000 of the $3,000,000 needed. [Wikipedia]

You can just make out the sixth floor corner window where Oswald took aim. This photo was taken from the grassy knoll.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V camera

Picnik Cross Process and Soften effects with a Polaroid frame

1 June 2010

27 responses

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    brilliant entry!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    Great read and shot ! Nicely done JL .

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    Good shot! Was there and did that not TOO long after the assassination.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    And look! A shooter on the grass(y knoll). lol Sorry for the poor humour, it's early.

  • peter bodigor

    peter bodigor gave props (17 Jul 2010):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    What a sight! I remember so well that horrible day as well as the awful days that followed. A perfect entry in the theme, John.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    Very nice

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    A day in history we will all remember,,I like the tones you used here,,almost surreal,,great effect for the subject ...

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    great photo and essay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    A fantastic shot John!! Great entry!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    Great entry - love the zapruder-ish colors

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    A moment in time etched in our minds forever! Brilliant.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    A great capture of this historic place. I think your perspective is one of the best I have seen. A great essay too!! What a sad time that was!

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) said (17 Jul 2010):

    So you were the second shooter!!! This is really great John, perfect entry..

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    Fantastic entry and it certainly is a famous place....Fits the theme well!!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (18 Jul 2010):

    a cool view!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (18 Jul 2010):

    nothing short of superb.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (19 Jul 2010):

    What a perspective! Awesome shot!

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (19 Jul 2010):

    wonderfully wackey! lol soimon's comment!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (19 Jul 2010):

    Good one! Very nice shot, John.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (20 Jul 2010):

    Great shot, before I read your text, i recognized the area s the grassy knoll..I heard a theory from an ex martial arts teacher of mine that the cat who fired upon the president from the knoll used a Frischeta (spelling probably wrong), which was a spy like umbrella with a rocket propelled bullet hidden in the handle..hmmm I imagine the aim would be rather wonder he missed...or did he?...

  • Vasileios Gretsistas

    Vasileios Gretsistas gave props (20 Jul 2010):

    fantastic colors:D

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (20 Jul 2010):


  • Lk Murphy

    Lk Murphy said (23 Jul 2010):

    Very cool! Makes me want to listen to all the theories over again and watch JFK, the movie. :) Will we ever know what happened???? Nice work, John.

  • Margherita Bettinelli

    Margherita Bettinelli gave props (29 Jul 2010):

    nice colours! ciaooo

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (29 Jul 2010):

    excellent capture! and fab processing! so well done!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (30 Jul 2010):

    Love the photo...... super entry....

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