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Baghdad in South Dallas | by Michael Ingrassia
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Baghdad in South Dallas

These photos were taken on Cockrell Ave in Dallas ... Google map link.

 

I found this place when driving around Dallas looking for some interesting industrial buildings to photograph. When I turned onto Cockrell Ave by accident, I was totally shocked to find this bizarre little "village". We got out, started walking around and photographing stuff. In about ten minutes some security guard drove up and started yelling at us for "trespassing" (um hello! this is a public street, notice the green city street signs in several of the photographs). Long story short, he quickly saw our cameras and that we were photographing the buildings and not trying to break into them. He then proceeded to tell us all about the area (he actually turned out to be a rather nice guy). Basically this whole area was a set for the 2003 TV movie Saving Jessica Lynch. When they were done filming they just left the buildings as is and let things start to deteriorate.

 

I took these photos back in 2004, so I don't know what this place looks like today. Overall this was a cool place to photograph because you had this strange mix of downtown Dallas skyline, faux Baghdad, and old industrial brick warehouses.

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Taken on December 30, 2004