5 Things In DFW That Exist Nowhere Else In The U.S.

March 21, 2016 7:00 AM

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Every town in America has something that no other city has. There are giant skyscrapers all over the country. There are amusement parks from coast to coast. However, when it comes to the DFW area and the surrounding towns, there is a lot that people from other areas of the country have never seen.
Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 747-6660
www.jfk.orgThe most infamous occurrence in Dallas’ history came in November 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza as his motorcade drove through town. That moment has been memorialized and frozen in time with the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. This is where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot and killed the President and there is a virtual timeline that people can walk through in the museum. They can also look out at the exact location the assassination took place and even see the grassy knoll that has lived on in infamy.

Southfork Ranch
3700 Hogge Drive
Parker, TX 75002
(972) 442-7800
www.southforkranch.comFans of all ages know about Southfork Ranch, both from the classic television nighttime soap “Dallas” as well as the revamped series that recently aired with the descendants of the fictional Ewing family. The home of the family on the show was no sound stage, and was instead the beautiful Southfork Ranch, which housed the show for 356 total episodes. People can still tour the Southfork Ranch and see the location of the greatest nighttime soap opera to ever air on television.

State Fair Of Texas
3921 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 565-9931
www.bigtex.comThe State Fair of Texas takes place every year and includes one of the greatest football games in the nation when the Oklahoma Sooners travel south and the Texas Longhorns travel north to meet in the middle in the center of Dallas. When people arrive at Fair Park, they get an impressive site with the 55-foot-tall statue named Big Tex. The statue was originally built in 1949, and has gone through various changes. The most recent was after it caught fire in 2012 and returned in 2013.

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Fort Worth Stockyards
130 E. Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 625-9715
www.fortworthstockyards.orgThere are stockyards all over the country, but there is something very special about the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District. This is actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a 98-acre piece of land that still hosts daily cattle runs. The stockyards contain 46 contributing buildings and remains a fully functional area with many bars, clubs, a rodeo and opry and much, much more. There is also a lot of places to shop and this is considered where the Wild West begins.

Billy Bob’s Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 624-7117
billybobstexas.comSpeaking of the Fort Worth Stockyards, there is one bar in that area that is like none other in America. That would be Billy Bob’s Texas, which is known as the world’s largest honky tonk. The bar opened back in 1981 and has housed such country music luminaries such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, and more. There is also a rodeo in the building that has competitions every week to go along with the concerts that take place every weekend. The bar also has a large dance floor and can house 6,000 people on any given night.

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Shawn S. Lealos is a freelance writer who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He writes for a variety of national publications and has over 15 years of sports journalism experience. Follow Shawn on Twitter @sslealos. Examiner.com.

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