Friday, October 17, 2008

Trip Photos: The Site of the JFK Assassination

The shooting of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was an unforgettable event for anyone alive at the time. Though my mom and I had very little time in Dallas, we both very much wanted to take a look at the actual site of this tragic event.

It's not my intention to trivialize this terrible event but if you're not very familiar with the circumstances of the shooting then you may want to watch the videos here and here.

The actual shooting took place on Elm Street as it winds down a gentle slope, just southwest of North Houston Street.
This a 3D View from Live Maps, looking ENE.

I don't know if it was just this particular day, but the whole area seemed very desolate and almost spooky to me.

It was just down here, to the left of the pedestrians on the right where Kennedy was shot.

I have since learned that the window where the alleged assassin, Oswald, was located is the one on the front face here, right-side, second from the top.

Inside the building is a museum but we were too early and simply didn't have the time to wait for it to open.

The entire area around Dealy Plaza was under heavy renovation.
Walking over to beside where the President's limousine was, this was a view back toward the [former] Book Depository building.

Note the "X' marked on the road.
I do not know if this is an "official" marking of where JFK was when he was shot.

This interesting building is the Old Red Museum. We briefly went inside but didn't have the time to explore it in detail.

Just to the east of the museum and two blocks southeast of the Book Depository building is this unusual Memorial to John F. Kennedy, designed by Philip Johnson in 1970.

Both of these last 2 photos are worth clicking on to read in detail:

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