John F. Kennedy is perhaps one of the most memorable presidents, due in part to the loss that the entire world felt when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Today, many films and TV shows like 11.22.63 remind us of JFK’s legacy, and continue to inspire thousands of visitors who flock to Dallas each year. Here are a few places in Dallas that revolve around the 35th president of the United States and his assassination.
Originally known as the Texas Hotel, Hilton Fort Worth is part of the National Register of Historic Places, as it was the last place that President John F. Kennedy stayed, and he gave an address to 2,000 attendees in the Crystal Ballroom. The president and first lady stayed in Suite 850, but during renovations, this room was removed. Guests, however, can stay in Suite 1530, a suite that displays memorabilia related to JFK’s legacy. The hotel also remembers JFK with pictures on the 2nd floor that capture those last moments of his life at the hotel, as well as with a bronze outdoor statue of the president. Today, the hotel is a modern space with plenty of conference space and a location in downtown Fort Worth.
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a Dallas monument built to honor the 35th president of the United States. Set in downtown Dallas around the corner from Dealey Plaza, the memorial was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, a friend of the Kennedy’s. It’s comprised of eight columns supporting an all-white granite cube structure. In the center of the memorial is a slab of stone with three words carved and painted in gold: John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Campisi’s is a Dallas Italian favorite, as they were the first to introduce pizza to the city. While they are still beloved for their pizzas, Italian fare, and their historic location in the Egyptian Lounge, they have an interesting history that ties to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was allegedly assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dealey Plaza. Two days later, Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald as the Dallas police were escorting him to a nearby jail. What does this have to do with Campisi’s? Jack Ruby ate at Campisi’s on November 21 and while in jail for the murder of Oswald, Ruby invited Joe Campisi and his wife to visit him in jail, and they did. What they talked about — nobody knows.
Ruth Paine House Museum is set in a suburban home in Irving, Texas, and is the home that Harvey Lee Oswald, the alleged assassin of JFK, stayed in the night before John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Today, the home has been converted to a museum by the city of Irving and restored to how it looked in 1963, complete with an antique television playing media coverage of JFK’s visit to Dallas. The museum also includes projected vignettes, in which actors replay the events between Ruth and Michael Paine and Lee Harvey Oswald, the night that he stayed in their home.
If you find yourself in the West End of Downtown Dallas, make your way to 3Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails for great American food. They offer amazing appetizers and main dishes like lamb and chicken in a stylish eatery. However, what makes them unique is a theme and decor that nods to the John F. Kennedy assassination. Visitors can enjoy one of 3Eleven’s JFK-themed cocktails like the “Fitzgerald” or an “Oswald or Was It?” in a lounge filled with JFK paraphernalia next to the bar.