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Westfield in Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Johnson Home

 
 
The Johnson Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, July 15, 2007
1. The Johnson Home Marker
Inscription.  

Erected 1858 by Chas. Johnson, near the Wm. McGill Ford on the Colorado River. Built by fellow Swedes, of native stone from his own quarry and lime kiln.

Walls are 18 inches thick. A stone-paved breezeway joined the two wings of the building.

A long porch with six Ionic columns was added, and the open breezeway closed following the purchase of the property in 1924 as permanent home of the Travis Post 76, American Legion.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1966
 
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 6448.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
 
Location. 30° 16.603′ N, 97° 46.287′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. It is in Westfield. Marker is on Veterans Drive west of Atlanta Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2201 1/2 Veterans Drive, Austin TX 78701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Deep Eddy Bathing Beach (about 600 feet away, measured
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in a direct line); Travis County (about 700 feet away); Clay Pit Bucket Tower (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ashford McGill House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Austin High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Men's Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Esperanza School Building (approx. half a mile away); Swedish Log Cabin (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  Excerpt from Austin Statesman, Sunday October 19,1924. An except from the Austin Statesman is provided on the American Legion Travis Post 76 website. The McGill Ford referenced on the marker was a known ford utilized by Native Americans. (Submitted on October 13, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
The Johnson Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, December 5, 2014
2. The Johnson Home Marker
Another view of marker with Austin Landmark plaque visible.
The Johnson Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, July 15, 2007
3. The Johnson Home and Marker
View South image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, December 5, 2014
4. View South
A view south from the Johnson Home to the Colorado River (AKA Town Lake, AKA Lady Bird Johnson Lake) where TX State Loop 1 (MOPAC expressway) crosses. Hills in distance are park of Zilker Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,193 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 21, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on December 5, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3. submitted on December 21, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   4. submitted on December 5, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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