City of Dallas

City Of Dallas

  • <p>Triple underpass into Dealey Plaza and Downtown Dallas (TxDOT)</p> <p>Triple underpass on divided highway with signs on bridge saying Elm, Main, and Commerce. Two large buildings behind bridge </p>
  • <p>Old Red Courthouse in downtown Dallas (Dallas Historical Society)</p> <p>Five storey stone building with arched entry way and many round turrets surrounding all sides </p>
  • <p>Dealey Plaza</p> <p>Green space between several streets with commercial buildings in background</p>
  • <p>Elm Street ca. 1942 (Library of Congress)</p> <p>City street at night with lighted signs and cars parked along both sides, dated 1942</p>
  • <p>Deep Ellum neighborhood</p> <p>Wall mural with man playing guitar saying Deep Ellum</p>


The world got to know Dallas during the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and has been captivated by the city’s storied history ever since. Dallas is a major commercial, financial, and education center, and its influence is felt across the state. The Bankhead Highway winds its way through the heart of downtown, past the historic 1892 courthouse (now housing the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture), and into Dealey Plaza and the site of the Texas School Book Depository, places that forever remind us of the death of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Continue east on Commerce Street and you’ll find yourself in Deep Ellum, a former Freedmen’s community with a powerful heritage relating to music and the arts, which are now celebrated in the area’s live music venues, cafes, and lively murals.

Dallas is packed full of history, entertainment, recreation and interesting sites, so hop in your car, get on the road and let it lead you, like it has so many others, to Big D!

  • <p>Hall of State detail at Fair Park.</p> <p>Gold </p>
  • <p>Esplanade in Fair Park during the 1936 Texas Centennial. (Dallas Historical Society)</p> <p>Long reflecting pool surrounded by low buildings on sides and large building with many columns on end</p>
  • <p>Hall of State during the 1936 Texas Centennial. (Dallas Historical Society)</p> <p>Very wide building with columns along front and a broad entrance plaza</p>
  • <p>Postcard of the lights at Fair Park during the 1936 Texas Centennial. (Boston Public Library)</p> <p>Colorized postcard of several buildings, three Texas flags, palm trees, and streaks of colored lights in the sky</p>

Fair Park, 1200 S. Second Ave.

In 1886, Fair Park opened as fairground and city park. Fifty years later, a great building project for the Texas Centennial Exposition transformed the site into the Art Deco masterpiece that it is today, and earned it the designation of National Historic Landmark. Home to museums, performance facilities, gardens, North America’s largest ferris wheel, and a shiny new Big Tex, there’s something here for everyone.

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Dallas Tourist Information Center at the Old Red Courthouse

100 S. Houston St.
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