Doorway (not present in 1963) to parking garage where Oswald was shot.
Doorway (not present in 1963) to parking garage where Oswald was shot.

Where Jack Ruby Shot Lee Harvey Oswald

Field review by the editors.

Dallas, Texas

A lengthy historical marker in front of the old Dallas police headquarters recounts the unexciting history of its construction. Then, in its last sentence, it mentions that in the building's basement is the spot where Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, "alleged assassin" of President John F. Kennedy.

It leaves out all the interesting details: Ruby was a strip club owner hopped up on Preludin diet pills, left his dachshund in the car, and casually walked into police headquarters to shoot Oswald.

Historical marker.

The spot itself is in the parking garage, and has been officially off-limits for decades, although in 2013 some local historians urged that it be opened to the public. It wasn't, so for now there's just the marker.

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Where Jack Ruby Shot Lee Harvey Oswald

Dallas Municipal Court Building

106 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX
The historical marker is on the east side of S. Hardwood St., just south of Main St., in front of the Dallas Municipal Court Bldg (old Dallas City Hall). The garage door entrance to the basement is around the corner, on the north side of the building, but it's almost always closed.
Garage not open to public. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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