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Pioneer Plaza, Dallas

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4.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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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  • These sculptures were neat to see. However, if you don't have kids you might not find this worth a stop. The park around is and large to walk around within the downtown area. 
  • Very cool to learn the history of how long it took to build these sculptures! Take the time to walk around! 
  • Very nice sculptures. Can park on the street at a meter and walk to the park. Great for pictures, impressive size and scale of the cowboys and cattle. If you are in the downtown area, I would recommen...  read more »
  • I always take out-of-town visitors to Pioneer Plaza, or as we like to call it: "the cow sculptures over by the Omni." It's always a hit. Check out the details on the cowboy sculptures and if you get a chance, there's a map of the various cattle trails on the ground at the intersection. You can see a map of Texas and Oklahoma with the cattle trails of the 1800's along with the rivers. Those were the highways before we had I-35 and I-45.
  • Wonderful, I really was impressed with the cows and Cowboys statues, very nice place!
  • The cattle statues were bigger than I thought they'd be! A well thought out art piece. Go up to the top of the hill and sit for a while for a peaceful time.
  • Was in Dallas on a business trip and had some extra time. Pioneer Plaza was a great stop. Parking can be hard but its worth the effort.
  • Stopped for a quick look. 30 minutes later was still looking. Details of the statues is amazing. Park is very relaxing. Make sure to at least stop by for a quick look.
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