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Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Johnson City, Texas

Two blocks south of US 290 between Ave F and G.

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L.B.J. Boyhood Home, Johnson City TX
L.B.J. Boyhood Home in Johnson City
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Contact Information:
PO Box 329, Johnson City, TX 78636
830-868-7128, ext. 231 or 244
http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/index.htm

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LBJ National Historical Park

History
Johnson City
- Named after James Polk Johnson who was one of the original settlers. In 1876 an election was called to move the county seat more toward the center of the county. Defeated, the settlers decided to build a community that might rival Blanco for the title. The site chosen was on Johnson's land. A post office was granted in 1878 and a newspaper was published in 1883. In 1879 another election for county seat was held and Johnson City was defeated.

The town grew and by 1890, after a hard-won election, Johnson City became the county seat.

In the 1930s Johnson City was still without utilities until Lyndon Baines Johnson sponsored legislation that created the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Pedernales (River) Electric Cooperative.

During Johnson's vice-presidency and presidency, the town became a tourist attraction - which it continues to be. Johnson later deeded the family property to the government, creating what is now the LBJ National Historical Park.

L.B.J. Boyhood Home in Johnson City
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
L.B.J. Boyhood Home historical marker,  Johnson City TX
L.B.J. Boyhood Home historical marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
LBJ Ranch, Johnson City, Texas
The LBJ Ranch
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LBJ Ranch,  Texas
Another view of the LBJ Ranch
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Johnson Family Cemetery
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Johnson City Visitor Information

Johnson City Visitors & Tourism Bureau
406 West Main
P.O. Box 485, Johnson City, TX 78636
830.868.7684
http://www.lbjcountry.com

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