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Johnson City in Blanco County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

E. Babe Smith

Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc.

 
 
E. Babe Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
1. E. Babe Smith Marker
Inscription.
E. Babe Smith was instrumental in the founding of Pedernales Electric Cooperative in the late 1930s. His vision, along with that of Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and others, brought electric power to the farms and ranches of the Texas Hill Country. With reliable and economical electric service came modern agriculture, industry, residential housing, commerce and recreation facilities for thousands of Texans and vistors from around the world.

Mr. Smith was an incorporator of the cooperative and served as president from 1942 until 1975. During those 33 years the economic productivity and quality of life in the Hill Country was dramatically improved.
 
Erected 1986 by Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc.
 
Location. 30° 16.54′ N, 98° 24.579′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Texas, in Blanco County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue F and Elm Street, on the left when traveling south on Avenue F. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Johnson City TX 78636, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. (here, next to this marker); L. B. J. Boyhood Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. Markers
The E. Babe Smith Headquarters Building is in background.
LBJ Boyhood Home (about 400 feet away); Johnson Settlement Trail (about 500 feet away); The LBJ Legacy (about 600 feet away); Johnson City (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); 1894 Blanco County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Johnson City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Excerpts from American Experience film on LBJ. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pedernales Electric Coop. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 991 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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