JFK GeoTrail – A Day in Dallas
This geocache is part of a 14 cache GeoTrail series. To complete the GeoTrail, visit the website at http://www.jfk50geotrail.com and download the Passport. You will need to take the Passport with you to each cache and be ready to write, punch, or stamp the appropriate markings that are hidden in each cache. Once complete, follow the instructions to receive your commemorative token.
Jack Ruby frequently ate at this restaurant, including on the night before Kennedy was shot. He was friends with the owner. The two of them had enjoyed evenings out together at different clubs around Dallas. The owner of the restaurant was identified by the FBI as the head of the organized crime family in Dallas. While many of Dallas’ elite entertainers, athletes, and politicians were wined and dined here, it was the mystery as a mob hangout that attracted many curious diners. The ties were of significant concern such that the owner was questioned both by the Warren Commission, and later by the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He acknowledged his association with Jack Ruby, but attempted to minimize that connection when questioned under oath. To this day, the alleged mob association provides much of the charm and mystery surrounding the restaurant.
The spot was called the Egytpian Lounge when the restaurant moved in. To save money, they just took down the “Lounge” part and added “Restaurant.” This is the original sign.
While the restaurant was the first to serve pizza in Texas, much of their charm continues to be the not so subtle reminders of it's history as a mob hangout, like this faux speakeasy door with privacy window and the low lighting maintained during business hours.
The cache container is close to the restaurant in an area, where like many in this series, usually requires a good deal of stealth. You are looking for a hanging bison tube.