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Pioneer Plaza, Dallas

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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.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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  • I guess this place is representative for the Texas culture and history. The sculptures are beautifully made, they look real. Nothing too impressive though.  more »
  • We stopped here on a friend's recommendation and were so glad we did. The sheer size and number of cattle is amazing. The way the statues are arranged coming down a slope and through a waterway is ext...  more »
  • The sculpture is near the convention center and Pioneer Cemetery. It gives you an idea of the size of the animals and the skills necessary to control them. While in the area visit the cemetery and get...  more »
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  • Good place, you will have a quick stop and then go. Be aware of some people asking for help.
  • Nice sculptures, clean park. Otherwise a short visit. Don't plan for more than an hour of parking, really like 30-45 minutes.
  • Its beautiful to watch. Good time could be spent at evening.
  • Great place to stop and rest between museum walks/tours. The bronze statues offer so much movement. A look back in time and history.
  • Neat park. I assume when the weather is better they do some maintenance on the place.