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

E. Babe Smith

Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc.

E. Babe Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
1. E. Babe Smith Marker
Inscription.  E. Babe Smith was instrumental in the founding of Pedernales Electric Cooperative in the late 1930s. His vision, along with that of Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and others, brought electric power to the farms and ranches of the Texas Hill Country. With reliable and economical electric service came modern agriculture, industry, residential housing, commerce and recreation facilities for thousands of Texans and vistors from around the world.

Mr. Smith was an incorporator of the cooperative and served as president from 1942 until 1975. During those 33 years the economic productivity and quality of life in the Hill Country was dramatically improved.
Erected 1986 by Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCharity & Public WorkIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Rural Electrification 💡 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
Location. 30° 16.54′ N, 98° 24.579′ W.
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Marker is in Johnson City, Texas, in Blanco County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue F and Elm Street, on the left when traveling south on Avenue F. 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. Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. (here, next to this marker); Lyndon B. Johnson and Hill Country Electrification (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Pedernales Electric Cooperative (within shouting distance of 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 600 feet away); Johnson City (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnson City.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. Markers
The E. Babe Smith Headquarters Building is in background.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,511 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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