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Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bringing Washington Home

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

 
 
Bringing Washington Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
1. Bringing Washington Home Marker
Inscription. Imagine a plane roaring onto a newly constructed 3,000 foot grass airstrip. Itís 1953, and Senator Lyndon Johnson has arrived at the LBJ Ranch. Initially built to improve access to the Ranch during floods, the small airstrip soon proves inadequate for Johnsonís rising political aspirations. Within eight years it is lengthened to 6,300 feet to accommodate the increasing number and size of aircraft.

Throughout Johnsonís political career the Ranch was a magnet for politicians, businessmen, and entertainers. Inviting these decision makers and prominent guests to the Ranch fulfilled Lyndon Johnsonís desire to talk Washington politics in a Hill Country setting. The airstrip served as the connection between the two worlds.

The airport stays busy, disgorging cabinet members with important difficult decisions, budget estimates, and crises.
Lady Bird Johnson
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 30° 15.517′ N, 98° 37.443′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is on Malecek Road 1.2 miles north of Park Road 49, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located across from the Show Barn on the LBJ Ranch Driving Tour in Lyndon B. Johnson
Bringing Washington Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
2. Bringing Washington Home Marker
View to east towards runway
National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Working Corrals (a few steps from this marker); The Show Barn (a few steps from this marker); Watering the Landscape (approx. 0.4 miles away); The LBJ Ranch: A Living Legend (approx. half a mile away); The Environmental First Lady (approx. 0.6 miles away); LBJ – The Image (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Environmental President (approx. 0.9 miles away); Conserving the Landscape (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stonewall.
 
More about this marker. The marker includes a background image of the LBJ Ranch airstrip in 1967 and a small inset photo of a JetStar landing at the LBJ Ranch in 1966.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This list consists of 26 wayside exhibits along the LBJ Ranch driving tour in Lyndon B. Johnson NHP. The markers are in order as you would encounter them on the driving tour.
 
Also see . . .  Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Official Website. (Submitted on December 5, 2015.)
 
Categories. Air & SpacePolitics
 
Bringing Washington Home, The Working Corrals, and The Show Barn Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
3. Bringing Washington Home, The Working Corrals, and The Show Barn Markers
Bringing Washington Home marker on left side of road
LBJ Ranch Airplane Runway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
4. LBJ Ranch Airplane Runway
View to southeast from marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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