Johnson City in Blanco County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The LBJ Legacy
Just as Johnson City helped shape Lyndon Johnson, Lyndon Johnson helped shape the modern face of Johnson City. Throughout the town are buildings that reflect Johnson's quest to ease the hardships he knew here in his youth. The former LBJ Hospital - now the park visitor center (behind you) - is one of them.
The white stone building to the right of the boyhood home is the headquarters of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), one of Lyndon Johnson's most important contributions to the people of the Texas hill country.
Throughout the summer of 1938, freshman congressman Lyndon Johnson stumped hard for rural electrification. His arguments convinced wary farmers and ranchers that the cost would be worth the elimination of hand-pumped water, hand-washed laundry, and red-hot cook stoves. In 1939, electricity flowed to thousands of hill country residents for the first time.
The Pedernales Electric Cooperative
“Of all the things I have ever done, nothing has given me as much satisfaction as bringing power to the Hill Country of Texas.”
- Lyndon Johnson, January 1, 1959
Location. 30° 16.475′ N, 98° 24.659′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Texas, in Blanco County. Marker is next to the flagpole at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Site Visitor Center, near Ladybird Lane and Avenue G. 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. Johnson City (a few steps from this marker); Johnson Settlement Trail (a few steps from this marker); LBJ Boyhood Home (within shouting distance of this marker); L. B. J. Boyhood Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lyndon B. Johnson and Hill Country Electrification (about 500 feet away); Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. (about 600 feet away); E. Babe Smith (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnson City.
Also see . . .
1. Pedernales Electric Coop. (Submitted on May 24, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Johnson City, Texas. (Submitted on May 24, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted on May 24, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. LBJ National Historical Site. (Submitted on May 24, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 981 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 24, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.