Let me clarify something.
There are two sets of plans of interest regarding Dealey Plaza.
There is the set of prints for creating the plaza itself out of old river
front blocks and buildings. Originally Main, Commerce and Elm streets ran
parallel til they ended. They crossed Houston, Broadway and theoretically
Water streets til they ended at the Trinity river. The east bank of the
Trinity ran approximately parallel to Houston street but was about thirty
yards west of the east side of the triple underpass. Commerce street
originally started again on the west side of the river but was eventually
It was the only one of the three to continue west. The river was re-routed
into levees and the Stemmons corridor created in the late 1930's.
I say theoretically Water street because it sort of evolved out of
existence. It was part of John Neely Bryan's original platt but the only
pictures I have ever seen of the area show only railroad tracks at that
The reason for the existence of the triple underpass was due to an
agreement between the City of Dallas and the individual railroad companies
serving Dallas. Each enitity had joint ownership of Union Station and the
tracks leading into and out of the station. They agreed not to have a
grade crossing of the tracks within four miles of the station. Thus the
triple underpass being right at the door step allowed traffic to pass
under the tracks and not cross at grade level.
What I sent you was a page from the set of plans to create the plaza.
There are something like 255 pages of these plans.
The second set of plans of interest are the WPA plans for building the
monuments in the plaza, (pergolas, Zapruders pedestal, pools all those
white structures). This came later. I did not send you a page from the