… just in time for thousands of international visitors arriving to see The World Cup.
Pioneer Plaza commemorates the legendary cattle drives of the old west,
as 40 large bronze longhorn steers and their cowboy horseback riders are in place. Twenty more bronze steers will be put in place as time passes, making it the largest bronze statue in the world. But it is more than that because it pays tribute to a colorful western tradition of trails, roads, cattle and the rugged pioneers who attracted thousands of visitors and settlers to Dallas.
Pioneer Plaza was designed to create a focal point with historical significance for Downtown Dallas. Built on 4.2 acres at Young and Griffin Streets, between Pioneer Cemetery and the Dallas Convention Center, Pioneer Plaza showcases Dallas history and educates residents and visitors alike.
The longhorn steers are being driven by three cowboys on horses through a landscaped area that includes native plants and a flowing stream. Pioneer Plaza is destined to be a meeting place for residents and visitors.
Dan Petty, past Board Chairman of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, said "Pioneer Plaza is an important investment in the city's future. Not only does this historic site attract visitors to Dallas' Downtown, but it ... serves as a celebrated destination where millions of conventioneers, visitors and families flock each year."
Dave Whitney, President of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, added that "Pioneer Plaza is the ‘front door’ of the Dallas Convention Center and is a major tourist attraction; Pioneer Plaza distinguishes Dallas from its competitors throughout the world."
The plaza and its bronze display is located on the actual historic cattle trail used beginning in 1854. The Dallas Parks Foundation is responsible for Pioneer Plaza's concept development, funding and project construction. The Dallas Convention Center will maintain the property and provide security. Robert Summers of Glen Rose, Texas, created the Monumental Trail Drive Sculptural Group for Pioneer Plaza.