Dalla: A City, A Show, A Legacy

4 years ago

One of my favorite cities in the US ( besides Orlando of course),  is Dallas Texas! I lived in Texas when I was younger and have been able to go back and visit several times since I’ve been married.  

The first time my husband and I visited we did the touristy things in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We walked through the downtown, ate a Hard Rock Café Dallas, visited the stockyards and the Opry, ate at the Cattleman’s Club, and toured the Sixth Floor Museum in the Book Depository which chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Since I enjoy history, I of course liked this. However, the highlight of the trip (for me anyway) didn’t start until after we left the book depository.book depository

While we were in the gift shop of the book depository, I was looking at brochures of other attractions to visit in Dallas. I came across a brochure for ‘South Fork Ranch”  Does that name ring a bell for anyone?  Southfork is the home of Dallas, the TV show.  I of course was not old enough to watch the program at the time it originally aired, but I vaguely remember my mother watching it and I remembered the opening scenes.  I was intrigued. I wanted to visit Southfork and see how this piece of TV history was made. 

Dallas House

The property of Southfork is just as beautiful in real life as it is in person.  We toured the studio museum, the barns, and of course the iconic Ewing residence. I was surprised to find out that for several years while they filmed at this residence, a family still lived in the home.  The production company paid the family just so they could use the outside of their home.  All the inside scenes where actually shot in a studio in California.back of house

As we toured the house, the guide was telling us bits and pieces of the legacy that would be the Ewings.  I of course had no idea what he has talking about because I had never seen the show. I knew who the main characters were, but didn’t know what their relationship to each other was.  It’s a good thing that I had seen the show before this tour because I probably would have been disappointed.  Afterall, the inside of the house we toured looked nothing like the inside of the house on TV.  If I would have seen the show before the tour, I would have thought things like, “That’s not what JR’s room looked like, “That’s not the same kitchen”.  I’m that person that pays attention to detail!  Here are just a few of the rooms. CONTINUE READING..........


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