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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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  • An outstanding tribute to the cattle drives of old and the cowboys that made it happen, an acknowledgment of the debt owed to the past  more »
  • Wow $170,000 for each hollow bronze steer? Can't miss this on your downtown Dallas tour! Prime Rib anyone?  more »
  • The Dallas cattle drive Scultures are a large herd of cattle, which overcome a river. The animals are life-size and it is a complete herd.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Small clean area, great photo op especially at night with all the buildings in lights.

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