Johnson City in Blanco County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Lyndon B. Johnson and Hill Country Electrification
Although the REA quickly helped bring electricity to rural America, its program did not extend to the Texas Hill Country, whose sparse population did not meet qualifications. In 1937, future President Lyndon B. Johnson worked to bring electricity to the area, a promise he made during his successful run for the U.S. Congress that year. His plan focused on two lower Colorado River dams: Buchanan in Burnet County and Marshall Ford (now Mansfield) in Travis County. Johnson’s appeals to Roosevelt and government agencies led to an easing of the REA’s requirements.
Rancher E. Babe Smith joined Johnson in canvassing his district to convince farmers to pay $5 deposits, which would allow the Pedernales Electric
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16864.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson, and the Rural Electrification 💡 series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 30° 16.527′ N, 98° 24.581′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Texas, in Blanco County. Marker is on South Avenue F south of East Elm Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in front of the headquarters of the Pedernales Electric Co-Op. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 South Avenue F, 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. Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. (a few steps from this marker); E. Babe Smith (a few steps from this marker); L. B. J. Boyhood Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); LBJ Boyhood Home (about 400 feet away); Johnson Settlement Trail (about 500 feet away); The LBJ Legacy (about 500 feet away); Johnson City (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnson City.
Also see . . . Rural Electrification - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on November 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.