Richard Doron Johnson

October 19, 2007


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My first day in Dallas was very fulfilling. I was not to sure what to expect from this city so I came with and open mind. I do have to say though in the back of my mind I was thinking this is the town that the Dallas Cowboys come from. I was also reminded that a special television character from the 1980’s named J.R. came from here also. As usual I started my day with an easy morning run of 8 miles around an apartment complex. By 10:30am I was off to the downtown district called “West End Historic District” My first stop was the Holocaust museum. This museum took me about 90 minutes to go through completely. I really learned a lot in the short amount of time I was there and give this a 7 out of 10 on my scale of things to do while in Dallas. Below are a few photos from my visit. The cost was $8.00.

Clothes worn by Jews!

The important years!

By 1pm it was time to go across the street the 6th floor Museum. This was a really great attraction. This is the location where Lee Harvey Oswald waited for President Kennedy to arrive in his motorcade. I learned more about the all the details of the planning of the assassination than I could have imagined. My total duration of time here was two hours. This museum had maps, diagrams, videos, actual equipment used, etc. I give this museum a 9 out of 10 on my scale of things to do while in Dallas. The cost was $13.00.

After leaving the 6th Floor museum I decided to walk around outside and see some of the outside attractions such as the “Dealey Plaza”

Downtown View number II

Then right across the street was the J.F.K. Memorial.

My next stop was right beside the Memorial and it was the “Old Red Courthouse.

It’s oh so red!

Side View!

Also next to this building was the Dallas Morning Star news Paper.

Next I walked through the West End food district that has numerous places to eat.

After visiting the West End Food District I decided to drive over to the “Dallas Heritage Village.” This was a really cool place to visit. The idea behind this made up town was that they took homes from all over Texas from 1847-1925 and put them all side by side within walking distance of each other. This was you can walk through the actual original homes and see how people lived. There was about 15 homes total in the complex which you could observe and touch. It took me about 60 minutes to visit the whole site. The cost was free. The location was in a shady part of town though. I guess that’s one reason the fence was so high, but it is worth going to visit for sure. I give this a 9 out of 10 on my scale of things to do in Dallas, TX.

Inside the Church!

The church!

The “Man’s house”

My final stop for the day was the “Crow Collection of Asian Art” I thought this collection was pretty decent for someone who has never experienced any Asia art before, but I have to say after having just come from China and Japan nothing can compete with seeing the real live use of bowls, paintings, and house hold goods than the real live use of it. This museum gets a 7 out of 10 on my scale of things to do while in Dallas. The cost was free on Thursday evenings. It is normally $10.

By now the time was 7pm I was extremely tired so I transported my self to Garland, TX to spend the night. On my way to the hotel I decided to stop at White Rock Lake. I noticed there were some really nice running paths, biking paths, and boating docks. My first thought was to come back here and run in the morning but my second though was at 6am it would be way to dark for me to be running next to a lake for about 80 minutes!


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