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

Johnson City

 
 
Johnson City Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
1. Johnson City Marker
Inscription.  
“It was just a big family town. Nobody was rich, and everybody had plenty to eat and plenty to wear, and Lyndon was no different from the rest of us. I miss that little town, that feeling that everybody would do anything for anybody else. It was just a good, sweet, country town.”

No plumbing. No electricity. Unpaved streets. No place to buy a loaf of bread or a pound of meat. A cafe that sometimes hung out a sign, “Closed for lunch.” The courthouse, a cotton-gin, a ramshackle hotel. Three churches.

This was the Johnson City of Lyndon B. Johnson's youth. Here, comfort and amusement came mostly from one's family and neighbors.

Many of the buildings of Johnson City's early days still stand. The strong sense of community that forever attracted Lyndon Johnson back to this place still endures.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 30° 16.476′ N, 98° 24.665′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Texas, in Blanco County. Marker is next to the flagpole at the Lyndon
Johnson City Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
2. Johnson City Photo on Marker
[Caption reads] A sidewalk gathering. LBJ often supplemented the stiff boots and big stetsons so common in town with a white shirt and necktie. One school mate remembered him as "a small-town jelly bean, a sharpie."
B. Johnson National Historical Site Visitor Center, near Ladybird Lane and Avenue G. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Johnson City TX 78636, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The LBJ Legacy (a few steps from this marker); Johnson Settlement Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); LBJ Boyhood Home (within shouting distance of this marker); L. B. J. Boyhood Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lyndon B. Johnson and Hill Country Electrification (about 500 feet away); Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. (about 600 feet away); E. Babe Smith (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnson City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Johnson City, Texas. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Johnson City Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
3. Johnson City Marker
[Caption reads] The Blanco County Courthouse -
focal point of Johnson City. Said Emmette Redford, LBJ's lifelong friend:
"There wasn't anything in town except three churches and a courthouse, and although Lyndon and I gave some attention to what was going on in the churches, we were more interested in what was happening in the courthouse."
Johnson City Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
4. Johnson City Marker
Looking NNE from the LBJ National Historical Site Visitor Center.
Johnson City Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
5. Johnson City Marker
On right, with LBJ National Historical Site Visitor Center in background.
Courthouse in Johnson City image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
6. Courthouse in Johnson City
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 748 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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