LBJ Boyhood Home and Johnson City

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
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Trip End Jun 30, 2013


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

1.      Tuesday, March 12 – We left Austin headed west on 290 and drove through the town that Cynthia lives in Dripping Springs.  She had told us that she lives in a development across from the pottery place and it looked very nice.  It is set in a canyon and the homes were beautiful but they do worry about canyon fires with the drought and cedar trees surrounding their home. Very nice!  We headed to Johnson City and stopped at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City.  This is the boyhood home of LBJ and also the home where his grandfather settled in was located on the property.  The visitor center had exhibits and films about LBJ and his wife.

      Johnson City is named after one of LBJ's relatives (I believe his granduncle).  LBJ’s father was in real estate but also was a representative for the town at the state capitol for a number of years.  His mother was college educated and was a great debater.   Both his parents were very intelligent and expected LBJ to follow in their footsteps.

  The exhibits also showed life as a rancher and owning the Texas Longhorns.  There were two on the historic site near the original settlement of his grandfather’s farm.

   Our campground was located in Johnson City so we did not have far to travel and tomorrow we are headed west stopping first at the LBJ Ranch for a tour.  Today was a beautiful sunny day but it was hot and humid in the high 80’s.

Review of campground:

Tuesday, March 12   Roadrunner RV Park, LLC, Johnson City, TX   This park is right off hwy 281 and 290 in Johnson City, TX.  We stayed here for a night so we could visit the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City.  The next day we are headed west to visit the other part of the park the LBJ Ranch 15 miles west towards Fredericksburg.  The park has 44 pull through sites with full hookups, 10 new spacious sites with 50 amps for big rigs and 18 back in sites.  The bathrooms were clean and the laundry only had one machine but it was new, fast and only a $1.00.  When we checked in the owner had baked some chocolate chip cookies and they were so good right out of the oven.

There is no cable here but they do have free Wi-Fi, a market, restaurants and ACE hardware all within walking distance.  There is a winery within a mile.  It was a good stop!
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