Flashback: Thanks-Giving Square Gave Space for Gratitude to the Public in 1977

Editor's note: Take a look back into The Dallas Morning News archives.On May 10, 1977, the City of Dallas celebrated Thanks-Giving. No, they weren't sitting down to an early meal of turkey and cranberry sauce. In fact, they were celebrating the opening of Thanks-Giving Square, an open space designed to encourage Dallasites to express their gratitude whenever they were so moved.The park was first visualized by Peter Stewart, who initially predicted the project would make Dallas a "world city," comparing the value of the square to Union Square in San Francisco and Rockefeller Center in New York in 1965. Mayor Dolph Briscoe approved of the vision for the park and said he wanted the square to be seen as "one the important places for world visitors to see in the United States," to a crowd at the 1975 dedication.  Continue reading...

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