|Texas School Book Depository|
|Type||School textbook distribution firm|
|Significance||Site of Lee Harvey Oswald's sniper's nest|
|Episode(s)||The Rabbit Hole|
Other Voices, Other Rooms
Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald
The Day in Question
|Fictional Characters||Jake Epping|
|Historical Characters||Lee Harvey Oswald|
Bonnie Ray Williams
Built for The Southern Rock Island Plow Company, the current Romanesque Revival building was the second structure on the site, constructed in 1901 after the previous structure burned in a fire. In 1963, the Texas School Book Depository company, a school textbook distribution firm, leased the building with regional textbook publishing firms also officing in the warehouse.
Within minutes of the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the Texas School Book Depository building became the primary crime scene for the shooting after evidence of a sniper was found on the sixth floor. A Depository employee, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested for the murder of a Dallas police officer within eighty minutes of the assassination and later charged with the assassination of the president.
After a long decade of controversial development and community soul-searching, on Presidents Day (February 20, 1989), The Sixth Floor Exhibit opened as a response to the many visitors who come to Dealey Plaza to learn more about the assassination. The historical exhibition on the sixth floor highlights the impact of Kennedy’s death on the nation and the world. Two key evidentiary areas on the sixth floor were restored to their 1963 appearance.
- When Jake Epping and Sadie Dunhill enter the book depository, "redrum" is scrawled on the wall at the foot of the stairs - a reference to Stephen King's "The Shining".
- Texas School Book Depository at the Texas State Historical Association
- The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza