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Dallas sites tied to JFK’s killing still resonate

  • In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, the seat that Lee Harvey Oswald was sitting in when Dallas Police arrested him is illuminated at the Texas Theatre in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Oswald was arrested here on Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, the seat that Lee Harvey Oswald was sitting in when Dallas Police arrested him is illuminated at the Texas Theatre in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Oswald was arrested here on Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, passengers walk to a security checkpoint over a map of the world at Love Field. The map was one of the items preserved during an ongoing renovation of the terminal and was in the same location on Nov. 22, 1963 when Air Force One landed with President John F. Kennedy aboard. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

    In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, passengers walk to a security checkpoint over a map of the world at Love Field. The map was one of the items preserved during an ongoing renovation of the terminal and was in the same location on Nov. 22, 1963 when Air Force One landed with President John F. Kennedy aboard. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

  • In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, a plaque tell the history of the death of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, a plaque tell the history of the death of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, an image of an actress portraying Marina Oswald, wife of Lee Harvey Oswald, is projected in the garage of the Ruth Paine House Museum, in Irving. The museum is in the small, two-bedroom home that once belonged to Ruth Paine, who had befriended Marina and let her live there with her two daughters. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

    FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, an image of an actress portraying Marina Oswald, wife of Lee Harvey Oswald, is projected in the garage of the Ruth Paine House Museum, in Irving. The museum is in the small, two-bedroom home that once belonged to Ruth Paine, who had befriended Marina and let her live there with her two daughters. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

  • In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, Eric Steele, who operates the Texas Theatre, points simultaneously to the seat where Lee Harvey Oswald was sitting and the door where Dallas Police entered the theatre to arrest him in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested at the theater Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Oswald moved a few seats to the left before police were able to take him into custody. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, Eric Steele, who operates the Texas Theatre, points simultaneously to the seat where Lee Harvey Oswald was sitting and the door where Dallas Police entered the theatre to arrest him in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested at the theater Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Oswald moved a few seats to the left before police were able to take him into custody. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • The former Texas School Book Depository building, left, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum overlooks Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, where Lee Harvery  Oswald fired from the building killing President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    The former Texas School Book Depository building, left, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum overlooks Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, where Lee Harvery Oswald fired from the building killing President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • FILE - In this May 15, 2013 file photo, Patricia Hall stands for a photograph in the 5-by-14' room that Lee Harvey Oswald rented in 1963 at her family's boarding house in Dallas. Oswald stayed at the red brick house with white trim during the week while working his new job at the Texas School Book Depository, and on the weekends he returned to the suburb of Irving where his wife lived. Hall said she's been considering selling the house for years, but decided the time was right as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in downtown Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    FILE - In this May 15, 2013 file photo, Patricia Hall stands for a photograph in the 5-by-14' room that Lee Harvey Oswald rented in 1963 at her family's boarding house in Dallas. Oswald stayed at the red brick house with white trim during the week while working his new job at the Texas School Book Depository, and on the weekends he returned to the suburb of Irving where his wife lived. Hall said she's been considering selling the house for years, but decided the time was right as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in downtown Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • This Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo shows a plaque marks the original site of Trauma Room 1 where doctors rushed to treat the mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    This Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo shows a plaque marks the original site of Trauma Room 1 where doctors rushed to treat the mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, a historical marker, right, marks the intersection where Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippet in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Oswald was arrested nearby at the Texas Theatre Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, a historical marker, right, marks the intersection where Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippet in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Oswald was arrested nearby at the Texas Theatre Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, hospital workers walk down hallway featuring a display that includes portraits of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and the presidential seal at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, hospital workers walk down hallway featuring a display that includes portraits of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and the presidential seal at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • This Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo shows the front of the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. When a new Parkland hospital opens in the spring of 2015, the lobby will feature a timeline of events from the hospital’s history, including Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    This Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo shows the front of the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. When a new Parkland hospital opens in the spring of 2015, the lobby will feature a timeline of events from the hospital’s history, including Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • The Texas Theatre is shown in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Lee Harvery  Oswald was arrested inside the theater Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    The Texas Theatre is shown in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Lee Harvery Oswald was arrested inside the theater Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, four vertical pylons, center, mark the spot where Air Force One parked while at Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963, and is the view from a special window inside the airport's terminal placed especially for showcasing this location. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

    In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, four vertical pylons, center, mark the spot where Air Force One parked while at Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963, and is the view from a special window inside the airport's terminal placed especially for showcasing this location. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

  • In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, a special viewing window that was custom built during the ongoing remodeling of the airport allows visitors to look out onto the area of the tarmac where Air Force One sat at Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

    In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, a special viewing window that was custom built during the ongoing remodeling of the airport allows visitors to look out onto the area of the tarmac where Air Force One sat at Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

  • The former Texas School Book Depository, now the Sixth Floor Museum, overlooks Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The depository was the site where Lee Harvery  Oswald fired a gun, killing President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    The former Texas School Book Depository, now the Sixth Floor Museum, overlooks Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The depository was the site where Lee Harvery Oswald fired a gun, killing President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • An X marks the spot on Elm Street on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 where the first bullet hit President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 near the former Texas School Book Depository, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum, background, on Dealey Plaza in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    An X marks the spot on Elm Street on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 where the first bullet hit President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 near the former Texas School Book Depository, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum, background, on Dealey Plaza in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • The Dallas Municipal Building is shown in downtown Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Also known as “Old City Hall,” it was in the parking garage of this building that nightclub owner Jack Ruby killed Oswald as he was being transferred, and in top floor jail where Oswald was held. The building served as city hall until the late 1970s and included the police department and jail. The Oswald related spots are not accessible to the public, but the building still houses the Municipal Court. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    The Dallas Municipal Building is shown in downtown Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Also known as “Old City Hall,” it was in the parking garage of this building that nightclub owner Jack Ruby killed Oswald as he was being transferred, and in top floor jail where Oswald was held. The building served as city hall until the late 1970s and included the police department and jail. The Oswald related spots are not accessible to the public, but the building still houses the Municipal Court. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, a plaque marks the original site of Trama Room 1 where doctors rushed to treat the mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The Trauma Room 1 of Nov. 22, 1963, no longer exists and is now the radiology department at the hospital.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, a plaque marks the original site of Trama Room 1 where doctors rushed to treat the mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The Trauma Room 1 of Nov. 22, 1963, no longer exists and is now the radiology department at the hospital. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • The  Dallas Municipal Building is open for business Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Dallas. Also known as “Old City Hall,” it was in the parking garage of this building that nightclub owner Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being transferred, and in top floor jail where Oswald was held. The building served as city hall until the late 1970s and included the police department and jail. The Oswald related spots are not accessible to the public, but the building still houses the Municipal Court. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    The Dallas Municipal Building is open for business Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Dallas. Also known as “Old City Hall,” it was in the parking garage of this building that nightclub owner Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being transferred, and in top floor jail where Oswald was held. The building served as city hall until the late 1970s and included the police department and jail. The Oswald related spots are not accessible to the public, but the building still houses the Municipal Court. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • An X marks the spot on Elm Street on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 where the first bullet hit President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 near the former Texas School Book Depository, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum, background, on Dealey Plaza in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    An X marks the spot on Elm Street on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 where the first bullet hit President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 near the former Texas School Book Depository, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum, background, on Dealey Plaza in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, the seat that Lee Harvey Oswald was sitting in when Dallas Police arrested him is illuminated at the Texas Theatre in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Oswald was arrested here on Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, passengers walk to a security checkpoint over a map of the world at Love Field. The map was one of the items preserved during an ongoing renovation of the terminal and was in the same location on Nov. 22, 1963 when Air Force One landed with President John F. Kennedy aboard. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
  • In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, a plaque tell the history of the death of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, an image of an actress portraying Marina Oswald, wife of Lee Harvey Oswald, is projected in the garage of the Ruth Paine House Museum, in Irving. The museum is in the small, two-bedroom home that once belonged to Ruth Paine, who had befriended Marina and let her live there with her two daughters. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)
  • In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, Eric Steele, who operates the Texas Theatre, points simultaneously to the seat where Lee Harvey Oswald was sitting and the door where Dallas Police entered the theatre to arrest him in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested at the theater Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Oswald moved a few seats to the left before police were able to take him into custody. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • The former Texas School Book Depository building, left, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum overlooks Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, where Lee Harvery  Oswald fired from the building killing President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • FILE - In this May 15, 2013 file photo, Patricia Hall stands for a photograph in the 5-by-14' room that Lee Harvey Oswald rented in 1963 at her family's boarding house in Dallas. Oswald stayed at the red brick house with white trim during the week while working his new job at the Texas School Book Depository, and on the weekends he returned to the suburb of Irving where his wife lived. Hall said she's been considering selling the house for years, but decided the time was right as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in downtown Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • This Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo shows a plaque marks the original site of Trauma Room 1 where doctors rushed to treat the mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, a historical marker, right, marks the intersection where Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippet in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Oswald was arrested nearby at the Texas Theatre Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, hospital workers walk down hallway featuring a display that includes portraits of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and the presidential seal at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • This Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo shows the front of the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. When a new Parkland hospital opens in the spring of 2015, the lobby will feature a timeline of events from the hospital’s history, including Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • The Texas Theatre is shown in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Lee Harvery  Oswald was arrested inside the theater Nov. 22, 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, four vertical pylons, center, mark the spot where Air Force One parked while at Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963, and is the view from a special window inside the airport's terminal placed especially for showcasing this location. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
  • In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013 in Dallas, a special viewing window that was custom built during the ongoing remodeling of the airport allows visitors to look out onto the area of the tarmac where Air Force One sat at Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
  • The former Texas School Book Depository, now the Sixth Floor Museum, overlooks Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The depository was the site where Lee Harvery  Oswald fired a gun, killing President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • An X marks the spot on Elm Street on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 where the first bullet hit President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 near the former Texas School Book Depository, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum, background, on Dealey Plaza in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • The Dallas Municipal Building is shown in downtown Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Also known as “Old City Hall,” it was in the parking garage of this building that nightclub owner Jack Ruby killed Oswald as he was being transferred, and in top floor jail where Oswald was held. The building served as city hall until the late 1970s and included the police department and jail. The Oswald related spots are not accessible to the public, but the building still houses the Municipal Court. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, a plaque marks the original site of Trama Room 1 where doctors rushed to treat the mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The Trauma Room 1 of Nov. 22, 1963, no longer exists and is now the radiology department at the hospital.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • The  Dallas Municipal Building is open for business Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Dallas. Also known as “Old City Hall,” it was in the parking garage of this building that nightclub owner Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being transferred, and in top floor jail where Oswald was held. The building served as city hall until the late 1970s and included the police department and jail. The Oswald related spots are not accessible to the public, but the building still houses the Municipal Court. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • An X marks the spot on Elm Street on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 where the first bullet hit President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 near the former Texas School Book Depository, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum, background, on Dealey Plaza in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

A 1930s-era movie theater. A county hospital. An old brick rooming house. A bustling airport.

Sites associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, are scattered throughout Dallas and beyond.

“These were just ordinary places – an airport, a hospital, a movie theater, a house, city streets – that were all of a sudden, literally in a blink of an eye, catapulted into this national spotlight,” said Mark Doty, historic preservation officer.

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the murder, the places connected to Kennedy’s final hours – and to his killer, Lee Harvey Oswald – still resonate. “I like to think of it as ordinary places with extraordinary stories,” said city archivist John Slate.

“People really want to walk history, touch history, see history. Good history or bad, people want to see it. That’s why walking down 10th and Patton streets (where Oswald shot a police officer) is a way of getting close to history,” Slate said.

Dallas Love Field

The president and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy landed at Dallas Love Field at 11:37 a.m. They greeted those waiting at the airport, then headed downtown with their motorcade. Kennedy was shot at 12:30 p.m. At 2:38 p.m., Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president aboard Air Force One as it sat on the Love Field tarmac.

A marker on the road to the terminal notes the airport’s place in history, and a recent renovation added a window with a view of where Air Force One was parked that day. Plans are under way to place markers at the window and on the tarmac. An old tower and a world map on the lobby floor are among the few landmarks that remain from how the airport looked in the early 1960s.

The Sixth Floor Museum

Shots rang out as Kennedy’s motorcade passed by the Texas School Book Depository building while traveling down Elm Street, through Dealey Plaza, a grassy area marking Dallas’s birthplace in 1841. Oswald worked at the book depository and shot Kennedy from a sixth floor window there. The site instantly became a pilgrimage point, but the fate of the building remained uncertain for years.

Eventually, the county bought the building and used the first five floors for office space. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza – jfk.org – which tells the story of Kennedy’s life and death, opened as an exhibit on the sixth floor in 1989.

It’s now a major tourist destination with 350,000 visitors expected this year.

Parkland Memorial Hospital

The president’s limousine sped to Parkland Memorial Hospital. He was taken to Trauma Room 1.

The room no longer exists, but a plaque in what is now radiology marks its location. (The contents of the room are stored at a National Archives facility in Kansas.)

Oswald Rooming House

On Oct. 14, 1963, the day before Oswald was hired at the school book depository, he rented a room for $8 a week from Gladys Johnson in her brick rooming house at 1026 N. Beckley Ave., in the Oak Cliff area southwest of downtown. He stayed there weeknights, in a nook with just enough space for a twin bed. He visited his wife on weekends in suburban Irving, where she lived with a friend, Ruth Paine.

The rooming house was eventually passed down to Johnson’s granddaughter, Patricia Hall, who put it up for sale for $500,000 this year. Her grandmother and her mother refused to let tourists in, but Hall offers tours – theoswaldhouse.com.

Shooting of policeman

A marker went up last year at 10th Street and Patton Avenue, near the site where police Officer J.D. Tippit was killed. Tippit was on patrol about 45 minutes after JFK was shot when he spotted a man who resembled the vague description of the assassination suspect.

When Tippit got out of his car, Oswald fired, killing him instantly.

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