Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
A More Perfect Society
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
It is a Society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled .... Where no citizen will be barred from any door because of his birthplace or his color .... Where peace and security is common among neighbors and possible among nations.
Ohio University, May 1964
Lyndon Johnson’s vision of a Great Society was cast in his hometown communities of Stonewall and Johnson City, Texas. The Hill Country of his youth, although a place of rural natural beauty and neighborly caring, was also a place of poverty. President Johnson believed that people in such circumstances, given the right tools, could rise to new heights.
The domestic programs of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society were the tools he introduced to assist them.
Johnson determined to eradicate racial inequality and poverty. He addressed education, health care, consumer protection, transportation, and environmental issues. Funding for the arts provided not just for “man’s welfare but the dignity of man’s spirit.” The number of major proposals to totaled more than 200.
Residents of the Hill Country during Lyndon Johnson’s childhood lived without electricity or indoor plumbing. Most did not own cars, and the dirt roads made travel difficult.
Johnson City, Texas, early 20th century.
(Right Photo Caption)
President Johnson enjoyed inviting staff, friends, and members of the Stonewall community to join him for dinners and other events at the LBJ Ranch. Hangar, 1968.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1964.
Location. 30° 14.386′ N, 98° 36.603′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from Park Road 49, 0.3 miles west of Klein Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is near the Johnson Family Cemetery parking lot in Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Mr. Jelly Bean" (here, next to this marker); A River Runs Through (here, next to this marker); Generations of Johnsons (a few steps from this marker); The Reconstructed BirthplaceSite of the Andreas Lindig Lime Kiln (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Housing the World (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 2, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 2, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 4. submitted on December 1, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.