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John Neely Bryan Cabin

photography courtesy of Dallas Segway Tours

John Neely Bryan Cabin

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If you don’t know the story behind it, seeing an old log cabin in the middle of a bustling urban setting might seem strange. However, history buffs should not miss the John Neely Bryan Cabin, a tiny, one-room replica of the city’s first house. John Neely Bryan, who founded Dallas in the early 1840s, built his cabin near the Trinity River in hopes of establishing and developing a permanent settlement in North Texas. Though it has been a hot topic of debate in the past, it’s now generally agreed that the wooden abode on display is not Bryan’s actual home, but rather a replica that was erected in the 1930s after a flood destroyed the original. The cabin is somewhat of a quick visit because the door is locked and it can only be viewed from the outside, but its location in Founder’s Plaza puts it within walking distance of some of Dallas’ most popular tourist attractions, such as The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the Old Red Courthouse, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum.

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