August 29, 2017
I took this shot from an awkward angle, but it is what it is. Thought I'd share it anyway.
This is the infamous Texas School Book Depository from where Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have fired the fatal shots at President John F. Kennedy. The building is now home to the Sixth Floor Museum. The building is located at the intersection of Houston and Elm Street in downtown Dallas. It's just a few blocks from the office that I work in on Elm St. In the row of windows to the far right of this photo, you will see one with a small white card on the glass. That is the 6th floor window where Oswald was on November 22, 1963. A lot of us "of a certain age" recall exactly where we were when we heard the news of President Kennedy's assassination.
The the original building on this site was five stories, and was built in 1898 as home of the Southern Rock Island Plow Company. It burned in 1901 after being struck by lightening, and was replaced with the 7 story building that you see here today.
In early 1963, The Texas School Book Depository company, a school textbook distribution firm, leased the building with regional textbook publishing firms also officing in the warehouse. In the 1970s, the Texas School Book Depository company moved out of the building.
I'm skipping several years of history here to keep it interesting.
By 1989, the building had been restored to it's 1901 appearance that you see here today. After a long decade of controversial development and community soul-searching, on Presidents Day (February 20, 1989), The Sixth Floor Exhibit opened as a response to the many visitors who come to Dealey Plaza to learn more about the assassination. The historical exhibition highlights the impact of Kennedy’s death on the nation and the world.
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