There are certain landmarks in the Dallas – Fort Worth area that forever serve as sentimental reminders that we are home. The Metroplex is filled with beautiful architecture, a vibrant history, and distinctive art that any Dallasite-Fort Worth will instantly recognize. Here are 16 of our hometown icons:
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1. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. — Dallas
You can't admire the city skyline without seeing what locals refer to as "the ball."
This 560-foot observation tower lights up the sky at night and features the aptly-named Five Sixty Restaurant.
2. Margaret Hunt Hill Suspension Bridge over Trinity River — Dallas
The bridge erected in 2012 has added to Dallas' already-spectacular skyline. It features a 400-foot center arch and connected Woodall Rodgers Freeway to Singleton Blvd. in West Dallas.
3. Dealey Plaza, 400 Main St. — Dallas
The Dealey Plaza Historic District was named a National Historic Landmark in 1993 to preserve the plaza, rights-of-way, buildings, and structures around the plaza surrounding the location of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
Visitors still flock to the area and the X still marks where the motorcade was when the President was shot.
4. Pioneer Plaza, 1428 Young St. — Dallas
This heavily-visited tourist sign features a bronze exhibit of 49 Longhorns and three cowboys to denote the area's importance of the Old West.
5. "Eye," 1607 Main St. — Dallas
The 30-foot eye sculpture has called Dallas home since 2010. It is certainly, well... "eye-catching!"
6. Pegasus, Pegasus Plaza at Main and Akard Streets — Dallas
The Pegasus has been long recognized as a symbol of Dallas and her indomitable spirit. It was placed on top of the Magnolia building in the 1940s.
As side trivia, the original Pegasus had deteriorated and a new one was built and put in its place. The original one was stored, and went missing, until it was relocated and repaired. The original one now flies in front of downtown Dallas' Omni Hotel.
7. Texas Star Ferris Wheel, State Fair of Texas fairgrounds, 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. — Dallas
The annual state fair runs for 24 days each fall, but the iconic Texas Star Ferris Wheel is a permanent fixture. You can view the 20-story wheel as an important landmark in the Dallas sky since it was built in 1985.
8. Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford St. — Fort Worth
The beautiful pink Texas granite building was constructed in 1893-1895. It is a prominent part of downtown Fort Worth.
9. Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags— Arlington
This 212-acre theme park is located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. It was the first Six Flags Theme Park and opened in August 1961.
10. Dallas' Cowboys AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way — Arlington
This new home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team was completed in time for the 2009-2010 season. It features a retractable roof and is used for activities throughout the year.
Just before the Dallas Cowboys run out onto the field during games here, they enter under a "Texas-sized" star suspended from the ceiling. Fans with game tickets can line up on both sides to cheer them on!
11. Texas Rangers Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way — Arlington
This park opened on April 1, 1994. A new, retractable-roof ballpark will be built adjacent to this one, but this beautiful field will remain in use for the community.
12. Will Rogers Coliseum, #1 Amon Carter Square — Fort Worth
Established in 1936, the 120-acre facility now attracts more than two million visitors to its grounds each year.
The facility is home to the yearly Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which attracts top professional cowboys from all over the world.
13. The Trinity River snakes throughout the Metroplex and unifies the area with its natural beauty.
The 710-mile long river's watershed is found entirely within the Lone Star State.
14. St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St. — Fort Worth
This exquisite Catholic cathedral was constructed in 1870 and remains an important fixture of downtown near the Tarrant Convention Center.
15. United Methodist Church, 800 W. Fifth St. — Fort Worth
The gothic architecture and impressive size contribute to the Fort Worth feel.
16. Historic Fort Worth Stock Yards, 131 E. Exchange Ave.
Between 1866 and 1890, drovers trailed more than four million cattle through Fort Worth, earning it the nickname of "Cowtown." The area with livestock pens, auctions, rodeos, exhibits, and processing plants remains a vital part of the city's history today.
What other iconic places should be added that scream “Dallas – Fort Worth?” Any special memories attached to these signature landmarks? We’d love to hear your comments!