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“Pioneer Plaza, Dallas.”
Review of Pioneer Plaza

Pioneer Plaza
Ranked #18 of 210 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Cool but not well kept. Striking bronze statues of cattle and cowboys during a cattle drive. Natural setting coming down a hill into a gully. The park is in downtown Dallas.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We first saw these sculptures when we were driving somewhere downtown. It's a clear view from the street when you're stopped at a traffic light, and seemed like something that was very "Texas" to a first-time visitor.

Later, we encountered them up close on the free Public ArtWalk, and were even more impressed. Each of the cattle are bigger than real life and have great detail. The sense of motion using the geography is really well done, as is the incorporation of water into the display.

This is a cool thing to visit if you like art, and I can imagine kids would absolutely love it.

Thank lettezilla
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Pioneer Plaza is a 4.2 acre park with an amazing grouping of 70 cattle and three riders on horseback going down a hill, past a nice waterfall and crossing a stream. The grouping depicts the cattle drives that came through Dallas on the Shawnee Trail - the eastern most cattle driving trail. It is a must-see if you are in downtown Dallas - and it is free!

It is remarkable to walk among these very large, life-sized longhorns and riders, many in very interesting poses as they hike down the hill, cross the small stream and move on past.

Tip: In order to see all of the pieces, there is some "hiking" involved as the most convenient paths are across the stream on large, but not smooth stepping stones. One must then walk up a small hill to see the top-most sculptures (or walk father along the back of the arrangement.) Bear this in mind if going with anyone with movement disabilities.

I very much enjoyed seeing it and intend to take friends who visit Dallas in the future to see it.

1  Thank Mohsman
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

When I have friend or family visit me in Dallas I always take them to Pioneer Plaza. The cattle drive statues are nice. You can walk around the area as there is a hill and stream. A history plaque that is on a rock but hard to read is there to provide a little history. It is also close to the JFK Memorial so I usually go to JFK Memorial first and then to Pioneer Plaza. You won't stay long unless you decide to watch the tourist climb all over the statues which isn't supposed to be done. It is free to visit and has free parking. Although on busy weekends it might be hard to find parking. Also, no bathrooms available.

Thank Travelfan101520
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

This incredible breath taking sculpture is huge and a 'must see' for everyone but especially art lovers. It has to be seen to be believed with the cattle coming down the hill and even crossing a small stream under the watchful eye of three cowboys. Visitors are also allowed to wander between the statues so you can appreciate the grandness. Also a great photo opportunity of something very different.

Thank KirkbyBlue
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