LBJ Ranch

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Friday, May 10, 2013

We considered giving the LBJ Ranch a miss since we had already been there when we were this way a few years ago, but someone at the LBJ Library in Austin told us that the public now has access to the Texas White House. Anyway it's only 16 miles from Fredericksburg and I was curious about seeing the interior of the house.

It was well worth our trip...the National Park Service runs the tours and those are always good.
The house is the product of adding on to the house originally owned by LBJ's grandfather. LBJ grew up in nearby Johnson City but spent alot of time here during his childhood.

Photography is not allowed inside the house but I found some pictures online....they are not great shots but do convey the unassuming feel of the interiors. The house feels very comfortable and apparently LBJ was refreshed when he came here during his tough time in Washington. Our ranger/tour guide was excellent at conveying how LBJ lived in the house....all the furnishings (including clothes hanging in the closet!) are as they were until the family turned everything over to the Park Service. LBJ died here....he seemed to hang on until he was given word that "peace" in Vietnam was well on it's way....he died the next day.

I liked their driveway..we did not use it but the photo with the red car shows how they used a dam over the Pedernales River to make it look as if he was driving over water.
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linda k on

did u have any winds from the tornado. we know people who just moved from there last year. someone is watching over them

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