JFK50GT #8: Municipal Building
On Sunday morning November 24, 1963, just two days after the
Kennedy assassination, a crowd of reporters was gathered in the basement of
this building as they awaited Oswald's transfer to the jail. The transfer was
supposed to occur around 10am, but Police Chief Curry was still upstairs
interviewing Oswald. Meanwhile, Jack Ruby, owner of the Carousel Club just a
few blocks down Commerce Street was finishing his morning laundry and then
headed to Western Union to transfer $25 to one of his employees in Fort Worth,
the transfer occurred and Ruby left the Western Union office at 11:17am.
Outside on the street, he saw the crowd gathered just a block away. He entered
the basement entrance and mingled with the press unnoticed until just moments
later, when he lunged forward with handgun drawn right as Oswald approached.
Two photographers famously captured the scene as it unfolded, as Ruby shot
Oswald at point blank range in the abdomen. Oswald was placed onto a stretcher
and rushed to Parkland Hospital, where he soon died in surgery.
This is the entrance Jack Ruby entered on Commerce Street.
The ramp accesses a tunnel that continues through the building to Main Street,
which was in plain view to the motorcade 3 days earlier when they turned right
onto Main Street from N. Harwood, where the largest group of well-wishers
gathered to see the President.
A Pulitzer Prize winning photo that shows the very moment
when Oswald recoils from the fatal shot.
The snub-nosed revolver used by Jack Ruby to kill Oswald
during his transfer to jail.
Jack Ruby's days overseeing his nightclub were over. He
spent the next two years in jail until he finally died from complications of
This cache is hidden near the entrance that Ruby took to
enter the melee on November 24, 1963. Just a few blocks to the west down
Commerce Street was the site of Ruby's Carousel Club. In just a short walk down
Commerce Street, using the timeline above, you can follow Jack Ruby's footsteps
on his last day of freedom. The building is no longer there but a much larger
structure now sits at the previous spot of his 1312½ Commerce Street 2nd