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County
Blanco
Region
Hill Country
Population
2010 Census - 1,656
2000 Census - 1,191
Nearby
Towns
Johnson City, Texas
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Johnson City Texas History:
In 1876, James Polk Johnson and other settlers living along the Pedernales River in central Blanco County decided that Blanco, the Blanco County Seat, was inaccessible. They called for an election to move the Blanco County seat from Blanco to their settlement. When this attempt failed these settlers established a new settlement on land owned by Johnson, and named it Johnson City. The Johnson City post office was established in 1878, and soon after town lots were sold. In 1879, these settlers again failed to have Johnson City elected the Blanco County seat. The town continued to grow. Johnson built a two story office building and a hotel, and donated lots for schools. In 1890, Johnson City was elected the new county seat. Johnson City did not get electricity until Lyndon Baines Johnson, a relative of James Polk Johnson, sponsored legislation that created the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Pedernales Electric Cooperative. The town incorporated in the mid-1950s. For many years Johnson City was mainly a ranching center. Today tourism also contributes to the town’s economy. Johnson City is located on the Pedernales River at the intersection of U.S. 281 and U.S. 290, 30 miles east of Fredericksburg, 50 miles southeast of Llano, 49 miles south of Buchanan Dam, 35 miles south of Kingsland, 23 miles southwest of Marble Falls, 11.6 miles southwest of Round Mountain, 28 miles southwest of Spicewood, 44 miles southwest of Lakeway, 48 miles west of Austin, 25 miles northwest of Dripping Springs, 39 miles northwest of Wimberley, 30 miles north of Spring Branch, 14 miles north of Blanco, 15.7 miles northeast of Stonewall, 15.5 miles northeast of Albert, 10.6 miles northeast of Hye, and 25 miles northeast of Luckenbach, Texas.
 
Blanco County Courthouse, 1916:
The courthouse was designed in classical revival style by architect Henry T. Phelps. Blanco was the Blanco County seat until 1890. The 1886 Blanco County Courthouse still stands in Blanco. The 1976 Johnson City Bi-Centennial time capsule is located on the courthouse grounds. The courthouse is located on the courthouse square at 7th and G Streets.  
 
Blanco County Jail, 1894, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Noting the unhealthy dampness of the basement where prisoners were first kept after the Blanco County seat was moved to Johnson City, the commissioners’ court ordered the construction of this jail facility in 1893. Completed the following year, the jailhouse was built of limestone by J.E.L. (Kergie) Dildine (1853-1925), a rock mason who came to Blanco County from Kansas in the 1880's. Despite an 1897 jailbreak, the facility has continued in use, with interior modifications to meet state jail standards.” The jail is located on the courthouse square at 7th and G Streets. 

Hill Country Science Mill:
The Science Mill is a regional science center that is housed in the 1880 feed mill. The mill originally was a steam grist mill and cotton gin that used innovative techniques to sort and process local grains. After the mill ceased operations in the 1980s, it housed a restaurant and entertainment venue. It is fitting that the mill now houses a unique science center. Exhibits include the Story of Water, a Biology Lab, the Virtual Human Body exhibit, Critter Bots (robots), the Cell Phone Disco, the Energy Game, a Chemical Reactions section, a Molecular Detective area, and many more interactive fascinating exhibits and work areas, such as the Race Track where one may build custom racecars at the pit garage and races others on a 25 foot track. Online activities and summer camps are available. 3D movies are regularly scheduled. Open Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, Noon-5pm. Closed Mondays except on select school holidays, and closed Tuesdays for pre-registered school groups and private events. (844) 263-6405. 101 South Ladybird Lane, 78636. Email  Facebook 

Sculpture Ranch and Galleries:
Over 100 sculptures by more than 40 artists around the world are available for purchase. The 14,000 square foot aircraft hanger houses indoor sculptures and other works of art in multiple galleries. The ranch is open for spring/summer season, Thu-Sun, 12pm-6pm through the 4th of July weekend. It reopens in early September. (830) 868-5244. 377 Shiloh road, 78636.  Email 
 
The Starlight Symphony Orchestra:
This regional community orchestra includes members from Wimberley, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Oak Hill, Buda, Kyle, Lockhart, San Marcos, Canyon Lake area, Blanco, Johnson City, and other surrounding Central Texas communities. Concerts are free and open to the public. Performances are held at various locations around Central Texas including Wimberley, Blanco and Kyle. The current concert schedule is available online. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings, 7:15-9:15 at the Hays Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohler’s Crossing Road, Kyle, Texas.  Email  @StarlightSO_TX
 
Johnson City Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, audio books, a Saturday at 10am children’s storytelling, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat, 9am-2pm; closed Sundays. (830) 868-4469. 501 Nugent Avenue.