Dealey Plaza, Dallas Texas

Dealey Plaza – Dallas, Texas
Explore modern-day pictures of the site of the John F. Kennedy assassination, November 22, 1963. The grassy knoll and the pergola where Abraham Zapruder was standing when he shot his famous 8mm film of the assassination; the triple underpass, the stockade fence – it's all here.
Texas Schoolbook Depository
Taken from the vantage point of the "X" painted on Elm Street.
Texas Schoolbook Depository
 The window is left "open" as it was the day of the assassination. 
Lee Harvey Oswald purportedly fired the shot or shots that killed President John F. Kennedy from a window on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building. Kennedy was killed and Texas Governor John B. Connelly was wounded. During his escape, Oswald also killed a Dallas police officer, J.D. Tippit, with a revolver. Oswald bought an Italian made 2766 Mannlicher-Carcano 6.5mm rifle legally, by mail order from Klein's Sporting Goods in Chicago through an advertisement in the National Rifle Association's American Rifleman magazine. The revolver was purchased legally by mail from a Los Angeles company. "Nice shot, Oswald."

Subsequent investigations and test-firings of identical rifles show that Oswald, an accomplished former Marine marksman, could have easily fired the three shots in the time period, and that the shot that killed the president was "not particularly difficult." The facts surrounding this fateful day will be forever shrouded in mystery and subject to the vagaries of conspiracy theorists.

Elm Street looking north
Elm Street looking north
Dealey Plaza - Dallas, Texas
Dealey Plaza - National Historic Landmark plaque
Historic Landmark plaque

The grassy knoll and pergola

The grassy knoll and pergola. Abraham Zapruder was standing on the low white wall under the
trees when he shot his famous 8mm film of the assassination. The triple underpass is at left.

The grassy knoll at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas
The storied grassy knoll.

View from Abraham Zapruder's vantage point atop low wall near pergola.
View from Abraham Zapruder's vantage point atop low wall near pergola.

The triple underpass, from the south

The triple underpass, from the north

The Bryan Collonade

On November 22, 1993, Dealey Plaza  including all surrounding buildings, the Triple Underpass and parts of the North Yard  was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark District. At the ceremony, a National Park Service bronze plaque mounted on Texas pink granite was unveiled.  Click here for a large drawing of Dealey Plaza with points of interest marked.

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