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Pioneer Plaza, Dallas

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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.
The 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 1994
Today 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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  • Neat area to walk around and look at, if you look down there are plaques with the names of the original cattle drive company’s that were from Texas or came through Texas. There’s also an old Texas...  more »
  • Pretty cool cow sculptures. It makes you appreciate how big these cows are, and especially with their huge horns. Too see the real cows, go to the Fort Worth Stockyards where they walk the cows down....  more »
  • This sculpture of a cattle drive is in the midst of downtown Dallas. There are about 50 different sculptures of cattle stampeding through the park along with sculptures of two cowboys managing the drive. There are excellent opportunities to take pictures and explore the artwork. The park also includes a waterfall and is near Pioneer Park Cemetery which has tombstone dated back some 150 years. Parking is free. Plan on 30 to 45 minutes to visit. Well worth the visit to experience this unique art work.
  • Very cool sculptures! Walking up to the plaza you feel as if time were frozen. Each sculpture is completely unique and full of character. Only takes 10-15 min to appreciate everything. Great stop when you're just visiting.

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