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History of Founders’ Plaza

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DFW's Founders' Plaza was dedicated in 1995 as a tribute to the founders of DFW Airport. Their vision was to create not only an airport, but a major economic stimulus for the entire North Texas region. Thanks to the efforts of the Airport’s owner cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, DFW employees and travelers throughout the world, the vision of DFW’s founders has become a reality.
Founding Airport
Board Members
and Advisors
Mayor J. Erik Jonsson J. Lee Johnson III
N. Alex Bickley Mayor Willard Barr
Robert B. Cullum A. Earl Cullum, Jr.
Najeeb E. Halaby H. B. Fuqua
S. G. Johndroe, Jr. Frank A. Hoke
Dr. Thomas J. Martin Mayor DeWitt McKinley
J. C. Pace, Jr. Henry L. Newman
Morris G. Spencer Elgin B. Robertson
Henry Stuart Mayor R.M. (Sharkey) Stovall
Hobart Turman Carl J. Thomson
Mayor Wes Wise George M. Underwood
Monument at Founders' Plaza
Certain dimensions and features of this monument have been established to represent significant facts about the Airport. The panels are symbolic of the Airport’s general layout.
  1. The four panels represent the Airport's four original passanger terminals.
  2. The 35" wide side panels represent 35 miles between Dallas and Fort Worth. The Airport's seal in the center symbolizes the Airport's central location.
  3. The four center panels are bound on the top and bottom by horizontal bands symbolizing the Airport’s physical relationship between Highway 114 and 183 respectively.
  4. The total height of the center panel is 8.11' representing the 8.11 mile length of the Airport’s property.
  5. The overall thickness of the monument is 17.638" representing the 17,638 acres originally contained within Airport property.

The granite monument located in Founders' Plaza was funded by generous donations from the Friends of DFW, various civic leaders and community members.

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