By Larry Hawley
8:52 PM PST, February 3, 2011
When the traffic lights permit, there is an eerie silence.
Maybe its the X's on Elm Street. Maybe its the worn down facade of a concrete structure atop a hill.
It also might be the ominous window that is made to look like its open from the red brick building that rises six floors above.
American history was made on the corner of Elm and Houston in Dallas and on the stretch of road that leads to the rest.
Its just one that people and the city to which Dealey Plaza sits would like to forget.
On November 22, 1963 in this small corner of big "D", president John F. Kennedy was killed when he was shot in the neck and then the head. It was six seconds that helped to change the course of American politics for years to come, and remains the last leader of the United States to die in office.
Thanks to photography, various investigations, a full-length feature film by Oliver Stone, and other forms of attention, the sites around Dealey Plaza are familiar even to those stepping foot into North Texas for the first time during this Super Bowl week.
There is of course the Texas School Book Depository Building, where on the sixth floor in the corner window closest to Houston and Elm that Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed Kennedy. Various conspiracy theorists believe the evidence proves otherwise, as some insist that there were more gunman who took part in the crime.
A popular belief is that a gunman was on the Grassy Knoll, a small hill that is green in the spring and summers that has a concrete canopy at the top. Second to the red brick building, its the second most famous place in the plaza.
While the negative effects of the assassination still linger to this day, Dallas has tried to make peace with what happened by creating the Sixth Floor Museum in the old book depository building. Inside it has a number of tributes to Kennedy and information on the day in which he lost his life on a simple drive near Houston and Elm.
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