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Pioneer Plaza, Dallas

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#13 of 180 in Things to do in Dallas
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.HistoryThe 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 1994Today 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.
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  • Cool sculptures--apparently the most outdoor sculptures in one place in the world? Do some research beforehand and read up on the cattle drives which took place before the train came in during the 187...  more »
  • We visited these sculptures during our tour and found them fascinating amidst a modern city although given where we were quite more expected than other places.  more »
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  • Definitely worth the visit! We took a morning walk there before the crowds got to the Plaza and it was so nice! Each sculpture is so big that the size is surprising, and they sprawl over almost a whole block! Love how interactive it is and how the kids can run in the park and throughout the stampede. Very cool!
  • Had a great time! Kind of touristy but had some cool stores and rodeo. Good food too!

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