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

Communicating with the World

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

 
 
Communicating with the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
1. Communicating with the World Marker
Inscription. The LBJ Ranch had but a single telephone line when Lyndon Johnson purchased the property in 1951. By the time he became vice president in 1960 the array of technology had grown to 15 local and long-distance phone lines as well as a fifty-foot-tall antenna to supply reception for three televisions—one for each network.

Despite these upgrades, Johnson’s rise to the presidency in November 1963 demanded a modern system allowing secure communications throughout the United States and the world. Within four weeks the LBJ Ranch had enough equipment for a small city: microwave towers providing 120 channels to Austin, underground phone cables, 72 telephones, two-way radios, teleprinters, and cryptographic machines. The green buildings in front of you housed a fifty-thousand-kilowatt emergency generator and switchboard.

(Bottom Left Photos Caption)
Lyndon Johnson could spend 18 hours a day on the phone: (clockwise from top right) White House Oval Office; reconstructed birthplace; Texas White House living room.

(Upper Right Photo Caption)
Working the switchboard, 1965.

(Right Photo Caption)
The TV antenna as it stood behind the ranch house in 1965. Lady Bird Johnson remembered it as “the bane of my life—aesthetically.”
 
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Marker near the Texas White House Airplane Hanger image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
2. Marker near the Texas White House Airplane Hanger
National Park Service.
 
Location. 30° 14.52′ N, 98° 37.496′ 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! (within shouting distance of this marker); Aviation: Key to the Texas White House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lifetime of Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Friendship Stones (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Texas White House (about 400 feet away); A Grand Entrance (approx. 0.2 miles away); What is the President pointing to anyway? (approx. ¼ mile away); Longhorn Cattle and White-Tail Deer (approx. ¼ mile 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 tour in Lyndon B. Johnson NHP. The markers are in order as you would encounter them on the driving tour.
 
Also see . . .
Emergency Generator and Switchboard Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
3. Emergency Generator and Switchboard Buildings
 Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Official Website. (Submitted on December 5, 2015.)
 
Categories. Communications
 
 
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 210 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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