Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Longhorn Cattle and White-Tail Deer
Why do we keep these animals in this enclosure?
A small herd of Longhorns and White-tail deer are kept in this pasture so our visitors can view these prominent icons of Texas.
“Someone has said that civilization follows the plow. West of the Missouri, the plow followed the cowboy, and the cowboy followed the Longhorn from Texas ...”
J. Frank Dobie
Spanish Retinto (Criollo) cattle started arriving in Texas by the 1520's by explorers and some escaped or were abandoned. When the English settlers started arriving in the 1830's, some of their cattle escaped or were abandoned also. The now wild herds found each other and the Texas Longhorn emerged. This new breed survived by their cross-bred ability to thrive on marginal rangeland.
After the Civil War, a sagging Texas economy and a big demand for beef up north made the Texas Longhorn a valuable resource. Did you know LBJís grandfather and uncle, Samuel and Tom Johnson, had a cattle driving business based not far from here.
The Texas Longhorn is truly a Texas original!
The white-tail deer is a long-legged, fast moving mammal. It stands about three and one-half feet high at the shoulder. Only the males (Bucks) have branched
To learn more about deer antlers and how they grow, look at the Antler Growing Calendar sign behind you in the wooden shelter.
Location. 30° 14.28′ N, 98° 37.45′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from Park Road 52 0.2 miles north of U.S. 290. Touch for map. Marker is located on the northwest side of the enclosed viewing pasture (600 feet east of the visitor center) in Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site; the above directions are to the main entrance to the visitor center parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farm History (about 500 feet away, measured Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm (about 500 feet away); Within These Walls / Small Spaces, Many Faces (about 500 feet away); What is the President pointing to anyway? (about 500 feet away); A Grand Entrance (about 600 feet away); The Texas White House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Friendship Stones (approx. 0.2 miles away); Low Water Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stonewall.
Also see . . .
1. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site - Official Website. (Submitted on November 27, 2015.)
2. Longhorn Cattle. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on November 27, 2015.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Animals •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 27, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.