A Guide to the History of Dallas, Texas

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A Tour of Historic Dealey Plaza

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John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan
Historical Marker

Bryan Historical MarkerBecause it is better known as the site of the Kennedy Assassination, unless they stop to read this historical marker, most visitors to Dealey Plaza probably do not that long before 1963 this area was already celebrated in local history as the birthplace of Dallas.

In November 1841 a Tennessee-born Indian trader named John Neely Bryan camped on this site, claiming the surrounding area as his 640-acre headright under the land laws of the Republic of Texas. After having it surveyed, he divided it into town lots and encouraged other settlers to stop and make their home here.

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