Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Aviation: Key to the Texas White House
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
To improve access to the ranch, a 3000 foot grass landing strip was added in 1953. By the time Lyndon Johnson became president a series of improvements had resulted in a 6300 foot asphalt airstrip that was suitable for a variety of aircraft. The fast and efficient JetStar allowed Johnson to take his official duties home with him on a scale not seen before.
President Johnsonís Texas White House had become a reality through the assistance of aviation.
Major, I donít know if you will appreciate this or not, but Iíve decided you are a can-do man .... I told [Secretary of Defense Robert] McNamara that I wanted you to be my pilot, and the JetStar ... to be reserved for my exclusive use.
Lyndon Johnson speaking to Major James Cross, 1961
(Bottom Center Photo Caption)
President Johnson greets Vice President Hubert Humphrey as he arrives at the LBJ Ranch.
(Bottom Right Photo Caption)
President Johnson and his beagles, Him and Her, en route to the ranch from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Location. 30° 14.523′ N, 98° 37.515′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is on Malecek Road 0.1 miles north of Park Road 49, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Texas White House complex 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 walking distance of this marker. The Jet Age Arrives! (here, next to this marker); Communicating with the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Lifetime of Service (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Friendship Stones (about 400 feet away); The Texas White House (about 400 feet away); A Grand Entrance (approx. 0.2 miles away); What is the President pointing to anyway? (approx. ľ mile away); Longhorn Cattle and White-Tail Deer (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stonewall.
More about this marker. The marker includes a background image of the Texas White House complex in 1967.
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
Also see . . . Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Official Website. (Submitted on December 5, 2015.)
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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 188 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.