JFK Trolley Tour – Dallas, Texas

Posted on: Apr 16, 2015        In: Out and About        With: 2 comments

For those of us old enough to remember – Where were you on November 22nd, 1963?

The freshman girls from Dallas at Texas Tech were all listening to their radios.  They wanted to hear everything about President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas, Texas.  Suddenly (as if in unison) the volume was blaring throughout the dorm.  The President had been shot.

It was one of the darkest days in our country’s history.

Go back to November 22, 1963 as if you were there. As the day unfolded. Was it as simple as a lone gunman?..or was it something more? Travel the Presidential Motorcade route & the time-line of Lee Harvey Oswald, Discover facts that you NEVER knew before!

(From the Big D Fun Tours website)

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The tour trolley was parked across the street from The Six Floor Museum at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, Texas.

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You can find the trolley parked in front of the Bryan Pergola at Dealey Plaza.  Tours run four times daily except for Christmas and Thanksgiving days.  Tickets are sold on the trolley, and they are available on a first-come first-served basis.

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Mike was our tour guide, and he was entertaining and very informative.

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Taking pictures from inside the trolley was difficult. (So, I do not have many pictures.)

Going to Oak Cliff to see Lee Harvey Oswald’s neighborhood, and to experience the time-line of that day was an education.  In 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was renting a room in this house.  He returned to the rooming house about 30 minutes after assassination, but did not stay for very long.

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About a mile away, Lee Harvey Oswald gunned down Officer J.D. Tippit in front of this house.

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Two years ago this historical marker was placed in this neighborhood honoring Officer J.D. Tippit.

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Texas Theater in Oak Cliff is where Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended.  Movies are still shown in this theater.

Mike’s narrative was non-stop for the duration of the one hour tour.  Facts I didn’t know included information about Jack Ruby.  Trust me.  It is interesting.

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The trolley tour is not associated with the Sixth Floor Museum, but I think visiting the various sites certainly adds to the understanding of the events of that fateful day.   If you haven’t visited the Sixth Floor Museum, you could visit both the museum and take the trolley ride for an informative day.

Blessings to you and yours,

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  • Marsha on April 16, 2015

    Lana, thanks for the info on the trolley tour. It sounds very interesting. The Sixth Floor Museum is very well done and informative. We’ve been 3 or 4 times.

    I was standing outside the Mercantile Bank Building across from NM as President and Mrs. Kennedy rode by. We were all very jubilant and cheering as our President passed us. By the time I got back to the law office in the Mercantile, the radio announcer was saying President Kennedy had been shot. It is still unbelieveable.

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  • Minetta Smith on April 22, 2015

    Can you believe I’ve never been to see the museums. I don’t know why. This looks like it would be very interesting.

    I was in class at Richfield High in Waco when our principal came over the intercom and said something of national importance had happened and he then turned on the radio. We were all stunned. I remember how quiet everything was the next few days.

    As a side note a high school friend of mine returned to teach at Richfield. One day someone called her out into the hall and said, “the President has been shot.” Her first thought was “I know that.” She was in the same room as when Kennedy was shot but now it was Reagan.

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