Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The LBJ Ranch: A Living Legend
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
It was important that the Ranch continue to thrive as a working ranch, not become a sterile relic of the past.
Lady Bird Johnson, 1998
The LBJ Ranch was suddenly thrust upon the world stage when Lyndon Johnson assumed the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Relatively unknown to the nation before November 1963, the Johnson family’s Hill Country retreat became the second most significant location in the country after the White House.
President Lyndon Johnson introduced the world to Texas as he used the property for cabinet meetings, conferences, and diplomatic functions. Visitors to the ranch left with a new understanding of the president. The LBJ Ranch, like the man, became larger than life—a place of myth and legend.
In December 1972 the Johnsons deeded their home to the National Park Service. The former president encouraged the NPS to use the ranch as a classroom for teaching about U.S. history and agriculture. Today, visitors continue to come from around the world to have their own LBJ Ranch experience.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1963.
Location. 30° 15.103′ N, 98° 37.536′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is on Malecek Road 0.8 miles north of Park Road 49, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on the LBJ Ranch Driving Tour 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. LBJ – The Image (approx. 0.3 miles away); Watering the Landscape (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Environmental First Lady (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bringing Washington Home (approx. half a mile away); The Working Corrals (approx. half a mile away); The Show Barn (approx. half a mile away); The Environmental President (approx. 0.6 miles away); Aviation: Key to the Texas White House (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stonewall.
More about this marker. The marker includes a background 1967 photo of that portion of the LBJ Ranch around the Texas White House.
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
Also see . . . Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Official Website. (Submitted on December 5, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 4,932 times since then and 1,279 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.