Dealey Plaza and the Texas Book Depository

Over 15 years ago on a work trip I was able to visit the site where John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Despite not being born when this happened, I found the visit deeply impactful. When Lee and I found ourselves close to Dealey Plaza we decided to drive over. Unfortunately things were very different on this visit from my experience many years ago.

It was very crowded for one thing and because of COVID we were unable to get tickets. We did walk around the outside, but the atmosphere was very different. It’s always been a busy working street, but the traffic patterns were different and it was very hard to pull into a parking space. We were also aggressively approached by someone looking for money as soon as we got out of our truck. And because of COVID tickets were sold out for the day and we were unable to get inside.

The memorial is inside a circle of a VERY busy street. Despite this picture there was a steady stream of traffic
The X’s in the road show where he was when the shots were fired

The area outside of the book depository (where Lee Harvey Oswald took his shot(s)) is a historical monument but the Sixth Floor Museum itself is not a government agency Since Lee really wanted to go he went back by himself on a weekday, but his experience was very different than mine and he was pretty disappointed.

When I went to the museum many years ago I didn’t really care about the various conspiracy theories BUT I was able to get close to the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald took the shots. I remember that moment very clearly and my initial thought which was “My grandmother could have made that shot.” Being in the space left me convinced that it was not multiple shooters, and I wanted to see what Lee thought when he stood there. Lee has always believed there was more than one gunman and to be honest he knows much more about the gun mechanics and various theories than I do. I was curious to see his take when he stood there, but the entire section was glassed off. To the best of my memory this was not the case 15 years ago.

The area was entirely glassed in
All Lee got was this picture with the actual angle
And a peak out another window that was a different view

Since that was the entire reason for his second visit we were both very disappointed. He did find the information on the various theories interesting and he was very excited to see the Zapruder camera. That was the camera that caught the footage when it happened. Lee is a camera guy so for him this is a big deal. They also had the camera that captured the picture of when Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey.

As far as the second shooter theories go Lee is even more convinced after his visit. He also believes that until everyone connected with the event is dead, we wont know the truth. Hopefully that happens in our lifetime because if it was a conspiracy the American people definitely have a right to know at some point.

As far as whether or not you should visit, I will leave that up to you. I just want you to know what you are walking into. Definitely plan ahead and go on a weekday if you can.

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