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Lyndon B. Johnson National Park
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Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park Information:
The LBJ National Historical Park includes the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall (called the LBJ Ranch District), the Johnson City Historical District (LBJ Boyhood Home & Park Visitor Center), and the Johnson Settlement. These properties total 674 acres. The LBJ Ranch is located on the Pedernales River. The ranch originally belonged to Lyndon Johnson’s Uncle, Clarence Martin. Johnson spent summers working on the ranch and was extremely attached to it. In 1951, Martin’s widow gave her dilapidated 250 acre ranch to Senator Johnson in exchange for lifetime rights to Lyndon Johnson’s mother’s house in Johnson City. He soon began making improvements to the newly christened “LBJ Ranch.” The LBJ Ranch and the Johnson family ranch home (Texas White House) were donated by the Johnsons to the National Park Service but the Johnsons’ retained lifetime rights to the house. Following the death of Mrs. Johnson (Lady Bird Johnson) in 1907, preparations were begun to restore the rooms to their 1963-1968 appearance so they could be opened for public tours. President Johnson’s office was opened to the public on the 100th anniversary of his birth, August 27, 2008; the living room and dining room were opened in June 2009. The bedrooms and kitchen opened in December, 2011. The ranch is managed as a working ranch; the Hereford cattle are descendants of Johnson’s herd. Visitors may take the self-guided driving tour after obtaining a free permit from the LBJ State Park Visitor Center which is located across the river from the Ranch at the LBJ State Park; the Visitor Center opens at 9am. When picking up your national park pass you will be given a map and a CD containing an audio narrative of the tour; drop the CD into the drop box as you exit the ranch. Tour tickets to the Johnson home are available from the Visitor Center located near the airplane hangar at the ranch. Group tours for 16 people or more are available by special appointment. A reservable Event Center is located at the Johnson Historic District (Johnson Settlement) in Johnson City. Each year on the anniversary of the President’s birth a wreath laying ceremony takes place on the ranch at the Johnson family cemetery at approximately 10am; the public is invited to attend. Volunteer positions are available by calling 830) 868-7128, Ext. 222. Access to this national park is through the LBJ State Park and Historic Site.
 
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park Information:
To create the day use only LBJ State Park & Historic Site, friends of then President Johnson purchased 269 acres of land located across the Pedernales River from the LBJ Ranch (now the LBJ National Historical Park). In 1965, the land was deeded to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the park opened to the public in 1970. Sites of interest include the Pedernales River, the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, and a portion of the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd. During the spring, the park is a riot of wildflowers. Park entrance fees apply. The park is located in Stonewall Texas. For more information read the Park Brochurewatch the Park Video.  Lyndon B. Johnson State Park Facilities Map
 
Pedernales River:
The river rises from springs in the southeastern corner of Kimble County and flows northeast for 106 miles, crossing Gillespie, Blanco, and Hays Counties, to its mouth on Lake Travis near Briarcliff in western Travis County, a short distance southwest of Pace Bend Park. The terrain near the river is flat to rolling with local escarpments, and its fine sandy loams support the juniper, bald cypress, mesquite, and grasses characteristic of the Texas Hill Country. Pedernales is the Spanish term for the flint rocks that characterize the riverbed. The upper reaches of the Pedernales River are generally too shallow for recreational use, but the middle and lower reaches of the river provide good white water, especially during periods of high runoff. The three parks located on the river include Pedernales Falls State Park, LBJ National Historic Park, and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. The Pedernales has been dammed near Johnson City to form Johnson City Lake. Fish Stocking History

LBJ RanchDistrict at LBJ National Historic Park, Stonewall, Texas:
East side facilities at the ranch include the one room Junction Schoolhouse, the reconstructed Johnson birthplace house, the Johnson Family Cemetery, the cedar guesthouse, and the farmhouse of Johnson’s grandparents (Sam & Eliza Johnson). North side facilities include the Johnson family ranch house (Texas Whitehouse), a visitor center, a picnic area, and the airplane hangar. The runway stretches due north from the hanger and ranch house area. The hanger is a two minute walk to the main house. The ranch foreman’s house (private), cattle pens, and the show barn are located at the north end of the runway. The ranch has a visitor type center that has a gift shop, two movies for viewing, and a timeline exhibit of the President's life and a description of his legislative victories. The president’s vintage vehicles are displayed behind this center. Vehicles include Lincoln Continental convertibles, a 1915 fire truck (a gift from Brady, Texas residents), and his German made amphibious convertible. Admission tour tickets are available at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center across the Pedernales River from the Ranch from 8am to 5pm. Self-guided ranch tours are available daily. Texas White House tours are held from 10am to 4:30pm. For group tours call (830) 868-7128, Ext. 231. The ranch entrance gate is open Daily, 9am-4:30pm; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.The Exit Gate closes at 5:30pm.   LBJ National Historic Park Ranch District Facilities Map  LBJ National Historic Park Ranch District Facilities Map
 
Johnson City Historic District:
The Johnson City District includes the Johnson Settlement, the LBJ Boyhood Home, and the LBJ National Historic Park Visitor Center. The visitor center is located in the former Pedernales Hospital building and is located down the street from the Boyhood Home. Past the visitor center at the end of the road is a trail that accesses the Johnson Settlement. A permanent exhibit showcases Johnson’s life and accomplishments. Exhibits include a world events timeline, campaign memorabilia, gifts that President Johnson gave, two LBJ Ranch branding irons, two concrete blocks “Friendship Stones” signed by his friends, Mrs. Johnson’s crimson suit, and the White House china designed for the Johnson administration. The two 30 minute video presentations are about the Johnson Administration, and about Mrs. Johnson’s life and achievements. There is also a bookstore/gift shop. A trail connects the Boyhood Home and visitor center to the Johnson Settlement. Open daily, 8:45am-5pm; closed daily from 12pm-12:30pm and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. LBJ Boyhood Home Tours are offered on the half hour from 9am-4:30pm. Self-guided tours of the Johnson Settlement are available daily from 9am to sunset. The visitor center is located at the intersection of Ladybird Lane and G Street in Johnson City.   LBJ National Historic Park Johnson City District Facilities Map 
 
Lyndon B. Johnson Boyhood Home, Johnson City:
The President lived here from the age of five until his high school graduation in 1924. The home is furnished in early to mid-1920s period pieces. Guided tours are offered every half hour from 9am to11:30am and 1pm to 4:30pm. The house is located at Elm and G Streets, one block from the visitor center entrance.
 
Johnson Settlement, Johnson City:
Lyndon Johnson's grandfather, Sam Johnson, and great-uncle established a cattle droving headquarters in the 1860s on land that is now part of Johnson City, Texas. Their log cabin, barns, cooler house, and windmill are located on the Settlement property. The cabin was Sam and Eliza Johnson’s first home; they later lived on the LBJ Ranch. The modern exhibit and event center features exhibits depicting the cattle business, the Johnson family and the Johnson City area. Texas Longhorn cattle roam the settlement pastures. A nature trail connects the Johnson Settlement with the Visitor Center at the Johnson City Historic District. Visitors may also access the settlement from the event center’s U.S. 290 entrance which has a marked pullout for visitor parking. Entrance to the settlement from the pullout is by foot.
 
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Directions to LBJ National Historical Park, Stonewall:
To access the LBJ National Historical Park you must first enter the LBJ State Park & Historical Park located off U.S. 290 West, 2 miles east of Stonewall. Stop at the visitor center and pick up a free entrance pass for the National Park (Ranch). To reach the National Park, drive to the back of the State Park’s parking lot and access the road to the ranch.
 
Directions to Johnson City Visitor Center & Historic District:
From Austin,take Highway 290 westbound. At the signal light in Johnson City, turn left (still on 290), towards Fredericksburg. Go three blocks and turn left on Avenue F. Go two blocks and turn right onto Ladybird Lane. The parking lot and visitor center are on the left.