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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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  • Great sculptures here and it was fun taking some family photos here with everyone goofing around. We visited in November but my husband said they have running water in the summertime so that must make...  more »
  • This is pretty cool and really looks like a sighting of western founding and arrival. You need probably 10 minutes to fully see, enjoy, and take a photos 
  • I love to find outdoor things to do in a new city! This place is unique, free and offered great photo opportunities. Great afternoon spent eating and exploring downtown Dallas by foot. 
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  • THE Dallas statue that you think of. This series of statue does a great job of documenting the look of a cattle drive crossing a stream. It's big enough that there's always a section that is free of the tourists climbing on the animals or taking awkward selfies.
  • The cattle drive sculptures were a wonderful surprise to find once we walked over to the plaza. Loved all the plaques on the walkway for the different ranches.
  • Make great pictures here. Moreover its representation of the historical importance
  • 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.
  • Nice peaceful area great place to catch Pokemon if you're into that lol