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Dallas, Texas
National Historical Landmark

FAIR PARK

by Clint Skinner

6. The Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial

To the right of the Founders Statue lies the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The grounds it currently stands on originally served as the location of the fair's Implement Building. Erected in 1887 as one of the first structures built for the annual event, it was also called the Gin Building. Workers remodeled the structure in 1902 but replaced it four years later with a sunken garden. A miniature golf course called The Fair-Way, operated by a man named Charlie Maxwell, took its place during 1930. What happened after the course closed remains a mystery.

The Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Photo courtesy Andreas Praefcke*
The memorial is a permanent part of Fair Park and first opened in 1989. Dedicated by former President George H. Bush, the monument pays tribute to the 3,415 Texans who died during the Vietnam war. Their names are all carved on four large slabs of pink granite standing next to a small pool. In a separate area nearby, another granite slab honors those who are still missing in action. Periodically, people will place American flag stickers next to the names of their loved ones or put a bouquet of flowers at the side of one of the blocks.

September 18, 2016
© Clint Skinner

*Author's Note:
All the pictures that are not mine are either public domain or creative commons. I provided the photographer's name.

FAIR PARK:
Fair Park - Attractions:
1. Fair Park Station
2. Main Entrance
3. Founders Statue
4. Women's Museum
5. DAR House
6. The Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial
7. Sydney Smith Memorial Fountain
8. Music Hall
9. Fair Park Esplanade
10. Centennial Building
11. Automobile Building
12. Hall of State
13. Tower Building
14. Big Tex Circle
15. Grand Place
16. Old Mill Inn
17. Magnolia Lounge
18. Hall of Religion
19. African American Museum
20. Leonhardt Lagoon
21. Dallas Museum of Natural History
22. Science Place I
23. Children's Aquarium
24. Fair Park Bandshell
25. Texas Discovery Gardens
26. WRR Headquarters
27. Science Place II
28. The Texas Star
29. Cotton Bowl Stadium
30. The Texas Skyway
31. The Embarcadero
32. The Creative Arts Building
33. Food and Fiber Building
34. Pan American Arena
35. The Woofus
36. The Swine Building
37. Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center
38. Livestock Pavilion and Arena
39. The Horse Barn
40. Fair Park Coliseum
41. Top of Texas Tower


References:
1.Bigtex.com
2.Dallashistory.org
3.Dallas Morning News Archives
4.Fairpark.org
5.Slate, John H. Historic Dallas Parks. Arcadia Publishing, 2010.
6.Tshaonline.org
7.Watermelon-kid.com
8.Wikipedia.org
8.Winters, Willis Cecil. Fair Park. Arcadia Publishing, 2010.

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