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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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it's a beautiful clean park located in the heart of Dallas, easy parking on the streets around it, cultures are amazing, huge and lifelike, we spent twenty minutes roaming around, they cross a steam..... more
it's a beautiful clean park located in the heart of Dallas, easy parking on the streets around it, cultures are amazing, huge and lifelike, we spent twenty minutes roaming around, they cross a steam..... more »
We were walking back to the hotel and stumbled upon this cattle drive. Pretty cool. It wraps up around the hill and typifies Texas at its core!
We were walking back to the hotel and stumbled upon this cattle drive. Pretty cool. It wraps up around the hill and typifies Texas at its core! more »
It's a beautiful park located next to an old cemetery. Decorated with a huge Sculpture Installation Art. Cowboys and longhorns 3D bronze sculptures look amazing and give you plenty of ideas to pose for your best photograph. A must-visit place if you're coming to Dallas. People come with their families friends and dogs. Just don't forget to clean up after your pooch finishes their business. Parking is free up to an hour.
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.
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