Johnson City Travel Guide

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    Cactus in bloom
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Johnson City Things to Do

  • You can be forgiven for the confusion

    What's a visitor to do? There are two Lyndon B. Johnson Historical Parks under the aegis of the National Park Service, although separated by some fourteen miles, plus an LBJ State Park and Historic Site. This situation reflects the vision of the President and his wife, because the historic properties straddle the Pedernales River and cluster in...

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  • Stop in to the Sauer-Beckmann Living...

    The Sauer-Beckmann farm recreates day-to-day life as it was in 1918. Johann and Christine Sauer settled the farm in 1869 and eventually had ten children. One of those, Augusta Sauer Lindig, was the midwife at the birth of President Johnson.Park interpreters costumed in period dress now maintain the working farm, and talk with visitors about the...

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  • Tour the Texas White House

    Whether or not you choose to follow the audio tour, if you drive around on the ranch, eventually you get to the Texas White House. Park on the taxiway next to the presidential hangar, where you can pay two dollars to tour the house. Definitely worth it! I was one of three people on the tour, and found it fascinating. Just imagining all the people...

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  • MUST!! Drive the LBJ Ranch Tour Route

    I'll admit I was a little dubious when the ranger at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Park handed me a CD and told me to simply play it and follow the directions. But this was a wonderful way to learn about and see the ranch which encompasses not only the "Texas White House" (a separate ticket, walking tour is available there) but also the...

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  • Pay a visit to the Benini Foundation

    Outdoor sculpture isn't exactly something I associate with the Texas Hill Country, but in 1999, an Italian sculptor decided to make Johnson City his home. He constructed galleries, a fine arts library and studios where he continues to create artwork. The balance of the 140-acre ranch is devoted to seventy massive outdoor sculptures created by both...

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  • Johnson Settlement

    Lyndon Johnson's grandfather and great-uncle established a cattle drovers headquarters here in the 1860's. Beside the original log cabin (built in 1856 in the dog-trot style), we visited 1880 stone farm buildings, exhibit center, and saw a few Texas Longhorn cattle grazing in the pasture.

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  • Blanco County Courthouse

    This handsome old courthouse, made of limestone, continues to serve as office building for Blanco County.

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  • The Johnson Family Kitchen

    Viewing the kitchen of this modest home reminds us that Lyndon Johnson did not come from a rich or aristocratic background, but from a hardworking and humble family. Visiting the home is also a look back in time to small town and rural America of the 1920's.

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  • Lyndon's Bedroom

    This room belonged to young Lyndon. One of the interesting anecdotes related by the tour guide told of the long hours Lyndon would spend in this room listening to his father and fellow politicians talking and hammering out deals on the adjoining front porch. LBJ learned well, as he became a tough bargainer.

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  • The Lyndon B. Johnson Boyhood Home

    Lyndon Johnson's family moved to this modest wood-frame home in Johnson City in 1913, shortly after the boy's fifth birthday. He grew to adulthood in this house and was profoundly influenced by his father, a state legislator, and his mother who had a passion for education.The home is open for tours led by knowledgeable people who knew the family...

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  • Exhibits at Visitor's Center

    Exhibits tell the story of the USA's 35th president. While few would deny that LBJ was a very shrewd politician and a hard man to deal with, it is also true that he accomplished a great deal for the common man during his years in state and national office. He was a prime figure in civil rights advances in America, but was also responsible for much...

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  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical...

    The visitor's center of the historical park is a good place to begin your visit to Johnson City. After viewing the exhibits and the video detailing the life of the former US President, it is a short walk to the Lyndon B. Johnson boyhood home. Also close by is Johnson Settlement, the old ranch complex built by Johnson's grandfather, for whom the...

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    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 5, 2008

    Kenny's is located near the Visitor's Center of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Park in Johnson City. They have several kinds of sandwiches and plated meals. We bought the $5 brown bag special and got a barbecue sandwich with a package of chips and a drink. There were a lot of "to go" orders while we were there on Sunday about 1 PM.
    Service was quick and we had a meal good enough to tide us over until we got to New Braunfels.

    Favorite Dish: Barbecue sandwiches.

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    • National/State Park

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Johnson City Off The Beaten Path

  • by Rosalind1221 Written Dec 14, 2006

    Be sure to check out the Exotic Zoo just north of Johnson City, Texas. It's an unforgettable experience whether it's just a day trip or you reserve a cabin for several days. This is one the kids will never forget, nor will you!

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    • Family Travel

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