Located in downtown Dallas, Pioneer Plaza is set in the Convention Center District. It’s life-sized sculpture of a western cattle drive is well known and visited by tourists and locals. The plaza is across from the Pioneer Park Cemetery featuring the Confederate War Memorial. The land on which the plaza sits, is home to the 900-foot Dallas Tower, which is both a hotel and office building. The plaza and its accompanying sculpture were the idea of real estate developer Trammell Crow. He dreamed up the iconic “Western” sculpture and assembled a group to donate the sculptures.
The project cost $9 million and began in 1992. The 4.2 acres of land was donated by the City of Dallas; $4.8 million of the cost came from private funds raised from individuals and local businesses. The park is maintained by the Dallas Convention Center and is the 2nd most visited downtown Dallas tourist attraction. The sculpture is a work in progress. Occasionally a new steer is added.