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Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building

 
 
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By Michael Stroud, June 1996
1. Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building Marker
Inscription.  This site was originally owned by John Neely Bryan, the founder of Dallas. During the 1880s French native Maxime Guillot operated a wagon shop here. In 1894 the land was purchased by Phil L. Mitchell, President and Director of Rock Island Plow Company of Illinois. An office building for the firm's Texas division, known as the Southern Rock Island Plow Company, was completed here four years later. In 1901 the five story structure was destroyed by fire. That same year, under supervision of the company's Vice President and General Manager F.B. Jones, work was completed on this structure. Built to resemble the earlier ediface, it features characteristics of the Commercial Romanesque Revival style.

In 1937 the Carraway Byrd Corporation purchased the property. Later under the direction of D.H. Byrd, the building was leased to a variety of businesses, including the Texas School Book Depository.

On
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By Kevin W., June 8, 2011
2. Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building and Marker
November 22, 1963, the building gained national notoriety when Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot and killed President John F. Kennedy from a sixth floor window as the Presidential motorcade passed the site.
 
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6895.)
 
Location. 32° 46.779′ N, 96° 48.493′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Elm Street (State Highway 354) and North Houston Street (State Highway 354) on Elm Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 Elm Street, Dallas TX 75202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan (within shouting distance of this marker); Dealey Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennedy Assassination Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grassy Knoll (about 300 feet away, measured
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By Michael Stroud, June 1996
3. The former Texas School Book Depository Building
According to the Warren Commission, the fatal bullets were alleged to have been fired from the sixth floor square window seen in the upper right.
in a direct line); Dallas County Records Building (about 300 feet away); John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza (about 600 feet away); Site of First Ferry and Bridge (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for John Neely Bryan. John Neely Bryan is considered the founder of Dallas. (Submitted on January 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The Handbook of Texas entry for Maxime Guillot.
(Submitted on January 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Rock Island Plow Co. Site contains pictures of historical Rock Island Plow Company farm equipment. In 1909, title of the building was turned over to the Southern Rock Island Plow Company, who sold farm equipment out of the building until 1937. (Submitted on January 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

4. Murder Perch to Museum. An article by Jerry Organ, discussing the building's transition
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By Michael Stroud, November 1998
4. The former Texas School Book Depository Building
to a museum. (Submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The use of the word "allegedly" on the marker.
Difficult to read for some people, on this marker, is the use of the word "allegedly" in the last paragraph. It states: "...Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot and killed President John F. Kennedy..." reportedly because there was no trial. The nearby Sixth Floor Museum also uses the word allegedly.

The historical marker for police officer J.D. Tippit, 3 miles away, notes he was "murdered" by Lee Harvey Oswald. No mention of allegedly, despite there also being no trial.

As a corollary we do not say John Wilkes Booth "allegedly" murdered Abraham Lincoln. Booth also did not have a trial.
    — Submitted February 19, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
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By Michael Stroud, 1998
5. Grassy Knoll Area
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April 5, 2007
6. The former Texas School Book Depository Building
Dealey Plaza is in the foreground.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 4,126 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on June 14, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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