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

Friendship Stones

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

 
 
Friendship Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
1. Friendship Stones Marker
Inscription. For Lyndon Johnson, a traditional guest register was not enough. To commemorate the visits of dignitaries and friends to the Ranch, the Johnsons used “Friendship Stones.” Visitors etched their autographs and the date of their visit into twelve-inch blocks of wet concrete. The Johnsons incorporated the finished stones into the landscape as pavers for walkways and sidewalks.

More than 300 Johnson guests signed stones. To protect them from the weather, the stones have been removed from their original locations.

(Upper Right Photo Caption)
Congressional leaders sign Friendship Stones, November 1966. Included in this view are House Speaker Carl Albert, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, future President Gerald Ford, and Senator Everett Dirkson.

(Bottom Photo Caption)
Apollo 7 astronauts 1 Walter M. Schirra, 2 Donn E. Eisele, 3 Walter Cunningham, and 4 Tom Paine, NASA administrator, sign in November 1968.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 30° 14.474′ N, 98° 37.456′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Malecek Road and Park Road 49. Click for map.
Marker next to Friendship Stones image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
2. Marker next to Friendship Stones
Marker is located behind the Texas White House in Lyndon B. Johnson 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 walking distance of this marker. Lifetime of Service (within shouting distance of this marker); The Texas White House (within shouting distance of this marker); Communicating with the World (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Jet Age Arrives! (about 400 feet away); Aviation: Key to the Texas White House (about 400 feet away); A Grand Entrance (approx. 0.2 miles away); What is the President pointing to anyway? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Longhorn Cattle and White-Tail Deer (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stonewall.
 
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 6, 2015.)
 
Categories. Air & SpacePolitics
 
Friendship Stones image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
3. Friendship Stones
The friendship stones of Admiral C.W. Nimitz and astronauts Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, and John Glenn may be seen
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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