Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building
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.
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6895.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy series list.
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 Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grassy Knoll (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dallas County Records Building (about 300 feet away); Log Cabin Pioneers of Dallas County (about 400 feet away); Dallas County (about 400 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. Murder Perch to Museum. An article by Jerry Organ, discussing the building's transition to a museum. (Submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 4,258 times since then and 19 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.