Deep Ellum, TX

Dallas
Deep Ellum featuring a city, night scenes and outdoor art

This massive sculpture of a friendly stainless steel giant manages to represent the fascinating history that makes Deep Ellum such a unique neighborhood.

The Deep Ellum Traveling Man serves as an unforgettable welcome to one of the most unique neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas. Stop by the jovial giant and take a moment to appreciate the sentiments and history the sculpture represents.

Learn about the evolution of Deep Ellum over the past few centuries and the significant impact it has had on the culture of the entire city. The neighborhood began as a hub for immigrants and African-Americans working on the railroad. In the 1920s, it became a hot spot for blues and jazz musicians. Today, it is known as one of Dallas’ prime destinations for art and entertainment.

In 2007, the city commissioned artist Brad Oldham to make something to honor the rich past, present and future of Deep Ellum. Walk down Good Latimer Avenue and see the character he created and installed on three distinct sites. The four-story-tall Deep Ellum Traveling Man dominates the northeast corner of the Deep Ellum Rail Station.

Even with his simple robot-like form, everything about the Traveling Man exudes friendliness. His hand is outstretched in friendship and the circular hole in his midsection represents universal acceptance. Stare carefully at his head and notice the guitar shape, a nod to the neighborhood’s musical culture. His stainless steel body reflects the lights and colors of Deep Ellum, creating a constantly changing mirror of the world around him.

Note that the Traveling Man is accompanied by a group of four bird friends, which drive home the kind personality of this gentle giant. The birds represent the artistic types that have shaped and continue to shape Deep Ellum. Perch in the scooped backs of the bird sculptures sitting at the giant’s feet.

The Traveling Man is the guardian of the Deep Ellum DART Station. From here, take the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Green Line farther into downtown Dallas and its arts district or south toward the suburbs.


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Deep Ellum Hostel
Deep Ellum Hostel
2 out of 5
2801 Elm Street, Dallas, TX
The price is $94 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in Deep Ellum, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Deep Ellum Historic District, Baylor Medical Center at Dallas, and Majestic Theater. Dallas ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (53 reviews)
"Amazing location just steps from all my deep ellum faves like three links music venue, serious pizza, and more. Well appointed, clean rooms. Secret speakeasy downstairs. Nice kitchen and common areas. Safe and convenient"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Deep Ellum Hostel
Kimpton Pittman Hotel – Downtown Dallas, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Pittman Hotel – Downtown Dallas, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
2551 Elm Street, Dallas, TX
The price is $169 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in Deep Ellum, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Deep Ellum Historic District, Majestic Theater, and Baylor Medical Center at Dallas. Dallas ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (172 reviews)
"Beautiful"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2021

Kimpton Pittman Hotel – Downtown Dallas, an IHG Hotel
Private & DOWNTOWN! Free Parking and pet friendly!
Private & DOWNTOWN! Free Parking and pet friendly!
Dallas, TX
The price is $170 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Deep Ellum, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Old Deep Ellum Historic District and Baylor Medical Center at Dallas. Majestic Theater ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Clean & convenient but uncomfortable
"Everything was great besides the most uncomfortable couch and bed. The couch felt like cardboard. It sat straight up so you could not relax. The bed was just as hard. The only way to relax was to stand pretty much. The place was clean & well stocked. Good location but would not stay again due to ..."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Private & DOWNTOWN! Free Parking and pet friendly!
Cozy Deep Ellum Living
Cozy Deep Ellum Living
Dallas, TX
Located in Deep Ellum, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Old Deep Ellum Historic District and Baylor Medical Center at Dallas. Majestic Theater ...
Cozy Deep Ellum Living
Deep Ellum Cowboy | 4 Story Luxury Townhome
Deep Ellum Cowboy | 4 Story Luxury Townhome
Dallas, TX
Located in the center of Dallas, this family-friendly vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Music Hall - Fair Park and Fair Park. Cotton Bowl and Baylor ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Bachelorette getaway
"Overall we enjoyed the house. Wish there were more coffee cups, towels and sheets for all extra beds, but house was very cutely decorated and a great size for our group. Neighborhood wasn’t maybe the greatest but definitely didn’t feel unsafe especially being a group of girls. Owner was great communicator ..."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Deep Ellum Cowboy | 4 Story Luxury Townhome
Trendy Condo in the Heart of Deep Ellum!
Trendy Condo in the Heart of Deep Ellum!
Dallas, TX
The price is $130 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Located in Deep Ellum, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Old Deep Ellum Historic District and Baylor Medical Center at Dallas. Fair Park and ...
Trendy Condo in the Heart of Deep Ellum!
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