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A Tour of Historic Dealey Plaza

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Railroad Switching Tower

Railroad Switching TowerThis railroad switching tower stands more or less in the center of the Sixth Floor Museum parking lot. It is the spot from which railroad employee Lee Bowers told investigators that on November 22, 1963, at the time of the Kennedy assassination, he saw "a commotion" 130 feet away, near the board fence that shields the parking lot from view from Elm Street. Combined with the testimony of some other witnesses, this has given rise to a 2nd gunman theory.

It should be noted, however, that Bowers also said he saw two men standing near the fence (but apart from each other) before the President's car came by and that they were still standing there after the assassination took place, making no attempt to flee the area.

Incidentally, this is the same parking lot in which Buell Frazier, a Texas School Book Depository employee who gave Lee Harvey Oswald a ride to work on Friday, November 22, 1963, parked his car that fateful day - and from which Oswald walked into the Depository with his package of "curtain rods."

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