Guest Post: Photographing in and around Dealey Plaza

Photo of Dealey Plaza (annotated), from Warren...

Photo of Dealey Plaza (annotated), from Warren Commission report. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you have a look at the diverse number of photos in your picture album whether online or in your living space, you can’t fail but notice the best photos are the ones you had in the most memorable places of your life – not any random site that you or your mate decided to capture. Just an advice, Dealey Plaza should be your next stop for a rare photographing experience that can be compared to none.

Located in Dallas, Texas, this exquisite plaza was established in 1940 as a project of WPA. It was named after a famous civic leader and a renowned publisher George B. Dealey who effectively campaigned for the revitalization of the area. However, this is not the main reason why tourists from around the world flock this mighty place. Dealey Plaza is considered a sacred ground by many since one of the founding fathers of the U.S.A, the late John F. Kennedy had his last breath in one of the plaza’s streets.

Visitor’s Guide to Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark Including the Sixth Floor Museum

The Plaza lies within the Dallas city park which will give you a picture perfect background that will bring out the natural aspect in the photos. The Evergreen Park has a variety of architectural fountains spread all over that will give you the much needed scenery for a successful photo shoot. Located block away is the John F. Kennedy memorial which is the form of cenotaph. This is the exact place where the late president was assassinated – probably the best place for a memorable photograph. I promise you that the photo experience is quite honorable.

In case you are wondering where the sniper was situated at the time, the sixth floor museums will have all your questions answered. Occupying the two top floors of a seven storey plaza, the museum offers you unique viewing for taking photographs. This is the scene where the most popular assassin of all time Lee H. Oswald made the killing that made history in myriad books worldwide.

It is in the former school book depository located in Dealey that the Warren commission determined the assassination was carried by Oswald – he fired the riffle that was used in the killing. This should also be one of the photo spots when you visit the famous Dealey  plaza. Did you know that there was a second shooter? Yes, indeed there was. The Grassy knoll which is on the North West is where the commission gave a ruling that there was a second gunman that missed his/ her target (J. F. Kennedy). This should also be in your list of photo shooting stops since the shooter remains a mystery.

Last but not least is the triple underpass located beneath the rail – Road Bridge where J. F. Kennedy’s motorcade raced after the shooting took place. This place is an eye-catcher to any photographic mind since it’s like the conclusion of the Dealey scene and you wouldn’t want to miss the end of a sad yet so popular assassination story. Book a trip to Dealey Plaza and get the best and rarest pictures of your photographic journey. In case you are not living in the U.S.A you’ll need an ESTA because you may be denied to check in. An ESTA is an electronic system used by the U.S government for travel authorization to foreigners travelling by sea or air – you can also get one at the airport at a small fee of $14.

Author-Bio: Hayden Roy is a Travel blogger who works for ESTA VISA,   She regularly updates on ESTA information here and at other top blogs around the web. She really enjoys cooking occasionally, sketching.

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  Now living in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Follow this link to read more of his work on Huffington Post and Examiner.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

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