Texas Traveler: Conspiracy Dallas
A few months ago Texas Traveler visited the always-interesting Sixth Floor Museum dedicated to the "official" account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. It's definitely worth going to if you're interested in any way in American history or politics, but maybe you, like some of us, are less apt to believe the official timeline of events on November 22, 1963. If so, you should join the other conspiracy theorists in Dallas this weekend with a tour of the less-visited locales in the Kennedy assassination plot.
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Dealey Plaza is the big place to be on the 46th anniversary of the assassination. Expect to mingle with both legitimate mourners and those who are only there to stir the pot. If the crowd gets to be too much, you can always walk to the east of the Old Red Museum (not actually related to anything JFK but still worth a visit) and find some quiet, if not peace, inside the bizarrely basic John F. Kennedy cenotaph -- a tomb without the remains. The feeling there is the same as what we get inside the Rothko Chapel.
If you believe Lee Harvey Oswald was a stool pigeon, you might want to drive over to Fort Worth and visit his grave, in the Rose Hill Memorial Burial Park. The website Eyes on Texas has an interesting story about the burial site placed uncomfortably close to Oswald's.
According to the folks in the black suits at the cemetery office, Nick Beef is the stage name of a comedian who bought the plot and had a headstone with that name installed. In his act, he apparently tells people that if they want to find Oswald's grave (which info the cemetery office will not give out)...just ask for Nick Beef instead and you will find Oswald.
The Oak Cliff neighborhood is also home to the Texas Theatre, where Oswald was arrested. It's an amazing Deco structure, currently undergoing restoration, and if you're there at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22 you can catch a screening of the 1963 film "Cry of Battle," the movie Oswald snuck into without paying right before his arrest.
Unfortunately, the JKF Conspiracy Museum closed three years ago. The owner promised a bigger and better location with new exhibits, including one dedicated to the 9-11 attacks, but it has yet to materialize. The museum didn't get very good reviews anyway. Mostly it was worth going to for the novelty factor, and for anyone looking for some spirited debate. Jack Ruby's establishments are also long gone, but if you go to the Adolphus Hotel, you can see the space across the street where Ruby's adult-oriented nightclub, The Carousel, was located.
Since you can't get a drink there any more, you might as well head southeast of downtown to Texas Traveler's favorite Dallas bar, Lee Harvey's.