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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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  • October 2, 2017
    This very well done and there are some cowboys who herd the gando do they cross a stream are life-size and is a significant herd, are many sculptures
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  • October 2, 2017
    Big herd of long horn cattle crossing a pond reminding us of the days that settled Dallas. Fun contrast to the highrises overhead.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    In compact downtown Dallas is good hiking. Then you also sure this huge cattle drive sculptures. So lifelike, so detailed. Walk up and look of various sides to cows and cowboys, the cattlemen.
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  • July 5, 2017
    The best outside monument in Dallas, only one place we wanted to visit in the city. The longhorns are all made in full size and very realistic.
  • June 12, 2017
    Good place, you will have a quick stop and then go. Be aware of some people asking for help.
  • June 10, 2017
    Nice sculptures, clean park. Otherwise a short visit. Don't plan for more than an hour of parking, really like 30-45 minutes.
  • July 4, 2017
    Saw the plaza from our hotel room & walked to check it out. Pretty neat bit of history, & a nice quiet park away from all the hustle & bustle of the city.
  • June 26, 2017
    Small clean area, great photo op especially at night with all the buildings in lights.

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