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Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Show Barn

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

 
 
The Show Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
1. The Show Barn Marker
Inscription. Although ranching produced just a fraction of the Johnsonís income, it constituted a major portion of the Presidentís public identity. The Johnsons maintained two herds of cattle on the LBJ Ranch—one of them a commercial herd sold for beef, the other a herd of about 500 registered Herefords, sold for breeding purposes. The registered Herefords on the ranch today are descendants of the animals owned by President Johnson.

The show barn was the center of the ranching operation, where equipment was stored and the ranchís five or six employees reported to work. Here ranch hands prepared cattle for showing, both to prospective buyers and at shows throughout Texas. Herdsmen trained and fitted the show cattle. Each animal represented a considerable investment; at that time a prize-winning bull was worth between $500 and $1500.

(Lower Left Photo Caption)
Grooming tools, harnesses, and other supplies were kept in a show box, like this replica, for easy transport to local fairs and cattle shows.

(Upper Center Image Caption)
LBJís Herefords frequently won awards, such as this champion prize presented at the 1963 Kendall County Fair.

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Before he purchased the ranch in 1951, most Americans saw Lyndon Johnson as a small-town Southern senator. But
The Show Barn and The Working Corrals Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
2. The Show Barn and The Working Corrals Markers
Show barn behind the markers
The Show Barn marker is on the right
with the ranch came the image of a Texas rancher and businessman—an impression more acceptable to the national electorate.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 30° 15.522′ N, 98° 37.448′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is on Malecek Road 1.2 miles north of Park Road 49, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the Show Barn on the LBJ Ranch Driving Tour in Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Working Corrals (here, next to this marker); Bringing Washington Home (a few steps from this marker); Watering the Landscape (approx. 0.4 miles away); The LBJ Ranch: A Living Legend (approx. half a mile away); The Environmental First Lady (approx. 0.6 miles away); LBJ – The Image (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Environmental President (approx. 0.9 miles away); Conserving the Landscape (approx. 1.1 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
Bringing Washington Home, The Working Corrals,<br>and The Show Barn Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
3. Bringing Washington Home, The Working Corrals,
and The Show Barn Markers
The Show Barn marker on right side of road
tour in Lyndon B. Johnson NHP. The markers are in order as you would encounter them on the driving tour.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Official Website. (Submitted on December 5, 2015.)
2. Ranching the LBJ Way brochure from the National Park Service. (Submitted on December 5, 2015.)
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
LBJ Ranch Show Barn image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
4. LBJ Ranch Show Barn
View towards the markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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