This is Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. You don’t need me to tell you what happened here 50 years ago tomorrow (I’ll be doing some blog articles on it). In fact, I’m not even going to mention the event by name, except in the keywords. This is a shot from Google Earth street view. It was taken in the summer of 2011, but that doesn’t matter much; Dealey Plaza has changed very little in the past 50 years, although the Dallas skyline around it is quite different than it was then.
The large brick building to the left of this shot is the Texas School Book Depository. The window from which you-know-who did his terrible thing is barely visible in this shot; I think it’s the third window from the right on the second-to-top floor. (I’m sure if I’m wrong about that someone will correct me in the comments). The position of the Street View camera is about in the exact position where the other you-know-who was sitting at the fatal moment. Thus, if he’d been looking back, this is largely the view he would have seen.
Dealey Plaza is a fascinating little alcove of American history. Its status as an important location in history stems solely from a very tragic event, similar to Ford’s Theater, and thus Americans’ relationship with it is complicated–we want to remember and cherish it, if not celebrate it. I’ve never been to the Sixth Floor Museum, which was made a historic site in 1993, but I’d definitely like to go. I have been to Ford’s Theater and that experience is powerful. I’m sure this one is too.