The Grassy Knoll

Dealey Plaza (pronounced "di:li") is a park in downtown Dallas' West End Historic District. It is often called the "birthplace" of Dallas. It was also the site of John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Kennedy was declared dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital 30 minutes later. On the 30th anniversary, the Dealey Plaza Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark to preserve Dealey Plaza, street right-of-way and buildings and structures near the assassination spot that have been identified either as possible witness locations or as possible assassin(s) locations.

The Dealey Plaza Historic District was included to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. It was also designated a National Historic Landmark that same year. The former county courthouse is listed individually on the National Register. It is also designated a State Antiquities Landmark, (SAL), and a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Additional properties in the district are also RTHLs. These are some of the contributing properties and important buildings in the historic district. :: 28

Dealey Plaza (2015) viewed from Reunion Tower. The Texas School Book Depository, the "grassy knoll", in the upper center, and the seven-story Dal-Tex Building and the Dallas County Records Building are shown.

Similar view of Dealey Plaza taken in the mid-1990s. Also included is the Art Deco Terminal Annex Federal Building, which can be seen in the lower-right foreground. The Dallas County Courthouse, made of red sandstone, as well as the Dallas County Criminal Courts Building, which is adjacent to the Dallas County Records Building.

56 of the 104 Dealey Plaza hearing aid reports were recorded by the Commission. They claimed to have heard at least one shot from the Depository or the area near Houston/Elm Street intersection. 35 witnesses testified that they heard at least one shot from the grassy knoll and the triple underpass. Eight witnesses claimed they heard shots fired from another location, while five others testified that shots were fired in both directions.

Due to the ongoing debate, unanswered and unanswered questions and conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy's assassination, as well as possible related role of grassy knoll, "grassy Knoll" has become a modern slang expression that indicates suspicion, conspiracy or a cover-up.

The concrete structure was found near the north grassy hill on November 22, 1963. There were many witnesses, three large traffic signs, four sidewalk lamp posts and John Neely Bryan north pergola concrete structures.

Albert Merriman Smith, a reporter at UPI, first used the term "grassy knob" to describe the area. He was riding in the "pool car" that followed the motorcade and had access to the radio-telephone. He said in his second dispatch from the car, just 25 minutes after the shooting that "some of the Secret Service agents thought that the gunfire was coming from an automatic weapon fired towards the right rear of President's car, probably from grassy knoll, to which police rushed." Walter Cronkite, CBS News anchor, repeated these words on national television in his second CBS bulletin about the shooting.

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