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D in the Heart of Texas             

Jerry T. Dealey

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Building the ‘Subway’, Triple Underpass, Dealey Plaza (Part 3)

Early History of Texas
The Europeans and American Settlers
John Neely Bryan – And Other Early Founders
Some Wheeling-Dealing to Grow a City
George Bannerman Dealey
The Dallas Morning News is Born
The Great 1908 Flood
G. B. Promotes Other Early Dallas Growth
The "City of Hate"
Building the ‘Subway’, Triple Underpass, Dealey Plaza
The Other Buildings Around Dealey Plaza
The Elder G. B. Dealey
The Dallas "Citizens Council"
The ‘Right Wing’ Direction of Dallas - "City of Hate" Revisited
A ‘Turn-Around’ for the Dallas Morning News
The Pre-November ‘Hate’ Incidents
Dallas’ Law Enforcement
November 1963, Why Dallas?
Dealey Plaza Changes To-Date

In recent years, I have heard a number of Dallas historians and JFK assassination researchers state that G. B. Dealey owned the land (or most of it) between the railroad tracks and Houston St., and Commerce and Elm Streets. I have even heard the rumor that the Dealeys only donated it under the condition that it remains public land forever, and that the Dealeys could take it back if it was not. All of the above is completely false! G. B. Dealey never owned the land in Dealey Plaza east of the railroad tracks. The land he did own were the 17 ½ acres WEST of the railroad tracks, which was reclaimed by the movement of the river. Even if he had owned the land east of the tracks, it is unreasonable to assume that any city would accept any land with the above limitation placed upon it! City governments would not set themselves up for this type of future litigation, and would have just condemned the land and taken it (for a “reasonable price”) if any such condition was stipulated.


However, G. B. Dealey owned the land which is now a public park west of the Triple Underpass and this part of the ‘Plaza’ is still called the Dealey Annex, and as recently as 1992 there was consideration in the Dallas City Council to rename the area “Martyr’s Park”, in recognition of the JFK assassination, the 1860 Slave Insurrection lynching and other incidents happening in the area. In fact, Dealey Plaza itself has also been considered for renaming, but all renaming proposals have so far been rejected by the City Council.


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Dealey Plaza in the late 1960's. The Main St. approach is 425 feet, and both Elm and Commerce streets have a 494 foot approach.




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