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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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  • Stopped here a few days ago. The bulls are larger than life and seem to be very realistic. The pics don’t do them justice. The nearby cemetery is interesting and contains a lot of history.  more »
  • The Cattle Drive was a quick and easy walk from our downtown hotel. Each sculpture is unique and a great the grounds are very well kept.  more »
  • Travelled by it so many times by bus to the Convention Center that I felt I had to stop there. Almost felt like you were in a cattle drive with the historic perspective. Loved it.  more »
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  • Nice park located on Griffin and Young. Close to the convention center, Omni Hotel, Downtown and many other attractions. The park has the world's largest bronze statue collection representing north Texas' history in the cattle drives. There is also a cemetery located in the park where many of Dallas's first families are buried, as well as a monument erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Great spot for photography and general leisure with the family or friends.
  • Very cool place. Hard on disabled person. Smooth surface for walkers and wheelchairs would be appreciated. My grandson was enthralled, even by the cemetery. We will go again. I just have to double up on pain meds.
  • One of my favorite here in downtown Dallas! Nice place to walk around and take pictures. Just a friendly reminder that I wish I remembered every time I went there. There are actually a few free parking spots right in front of the plaza. If you are not visiting at peak hours, you should be able to park right there.
  • This is an awesome little place right off the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Quaint and quiet cemetery and historical area.
  • Great place to bring the family lots to see and do nearby. Tons of restaurants in the area. If visiting plan about an hour.
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