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Pioneer Plaza, Dallas

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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Pioneer Plaza is a large public park located in the Convention Center District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA). It contains a large sculpture and is a heavily visited tourist site. Adjacent to the plaza is the Pioneer Park Cemetery which features the Confederate War Memorial. Together, it is the largest public open space in the Dallas central business district.
The land on which the plaza sits, once railroad and warehouse property, was cleared for the 900ft-tall hotel and office Dallas Tower which was part of the failed Griffin Square development. The plaza and its accompanying sculpture were the idea of real estate developer Trammell Crow, who wanted an iconic "Western" sculpture in the city of Dallas and assembled a group to donate the sculptures. The $9 million project was begun in 1992 on 4.2acre of land donated by the City of Dallas; $4.8 million of the cost came from private funds raised from individuals and local businesses. Local artists sued to stop the project and claimed that it was historically inaccurate for the city, but the project opened on time in 1994
Today the park is maintained by the adjacent Dallas Convention Center and is the second most visited tourist attraction in downtown Dallas. As a work in progress, an additional steer is occasionally added to the herd. Put Pioneer Plaza on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dallas trip planner.
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  • This reminded me of the Centennia Lane Run Momnument in Oklahoma City. Very well done and a great photo stop. 
    This reminded me of the Centennia Lane Run Momnument in Oklahoma City. Very well done and a great photo stop.  more »
  • I visited the Dallas Cattle Drive Sculptures at Pioneer Plaza several times during my visit to Dallas in May 2022. There are maybe 40 sculptures of cattle with cowboys. It is spectacular and a... 
    I visited the Dallas Cattle Drive Sculptures at Pioneer Plaza several times during my visit to Dallas in May 2022. There are maybe 40 sculptures of cattle with cowboys. It is spectacular and a...  more »
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  • Found this completely by accident. Parking is free, so we stopped to take pictures and explore a bit. Awesome spot for taking fun Texas pictures. It also located next to an old cemetery with founders of the area. Definitely worth a visit.
  • A well maintained and unique city park. The bulls a pretty and very detailed. You can climb up and take your picture on them.

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