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Old Blanco County Courthouse and Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2010
Old Blanco County Courthouse and Marker
Texas (Blanco County), Blanco — 428 — Old Blanco County Courthouse
Designed in Victorian style by architect F. E. Ruffini. Erected in 1886 as first permanent county courthouse, building served only four years - until 1890. County seat then moved to Johnson City. Purchased by Chas. E. Crist, the structure . . . — Map (db m31565) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 429 — 1894 Blanco County Jail
Noting the unhealthy dampness of the basement where prisoners were first kept after the Blanco County seat was moved to Johnson City, the Commissioners Court ordered the construction of this jail facility in 1893. Completed the following year, the . . . — Map (db m126810) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 426 — Blanco County
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Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 427 — Blanco County Courthouse
Designed by San Antonio architect Henry T. Phelps, the 1916 Blanco County Courthouse was the first permanent courthouse built after the seat of government moved from Blanco to Johnson City in 1890. Serving as contractor for the project was . . . — Map (db m31499) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 5550 — Blanco County Trail Drives
From this headquarters site in the 1870s, the brothers J. T. and Sam Ealy Johnson started thousands of cattle up trails to Kansas and other shipping or market points. To the west, at Williamson's Creek, and at Deer Creek (southeast) the Johnsons had . . . — Map (db m35352) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — Blanco County Veterans Memorial Flagpole
Dedicated to the military veterans of Blanco County and their families. With sincere appreciation for their service, sacrifice, and commitment to our country and all it stands for, represented by the colors flying proudly above. Lest . . . — Map (db m31486) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 17678 — Dr. James F. Barnwell
James Franklin Barnwell was born on October 23, 1874 in Bowdon, Georgia. His family had a tradition of doctors, including his grandfather and three uncles. Following completion of his medical education at the University of Tennessee in 1896, . . . — Map (db m126759) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 3671 — Dr. James Odiorne — (1816-1887)
Prominent pioneer physician, civic leader. Practiced medicine in Illinois and Kentucky before settling in Texas in 1857; moved to Blanco County in 1860. He was Civil War surgeon at Fort Mason, Tex. Served as commissioner and chief justice of Blanco . . . — Map (db m126761) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — E. Babe Smith — Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc.
E. Babe Smith was instrumental in the founding of Pedernales Electric Cooperative in the late 1930s. His vision, along with that of Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and others, brought electric power to the farms and ranches of the Texas Hill Country. . . . — Map (db m31095) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 1641 — First Baptist Church — of Johnson City
In 1879, on July 19-20 or August 16-17, seven members formed the Missionary Baptist Church of Christ, present First Baptist Church. The Rev. James E. Bell (b.1843) held services in the schoolhouse. Lumber for the original church building, erected . . . — Map (db m31532) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 1712 — First Christian Church — of Johnson City
This congregation was organized in 1903 by the Rev. Tom Smith, an evangelist with the Texas Christian Missionary Society, and twenty-six charter members. Land for a church building was given by Judge N. T. Stubbs and a sanctuary was completed in . . . — Map (db m31533) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 2835 — James Polk Johnson — (August 24, 1845 - October 20, 1885)
A native of Georgia, James Polk Johnson came to Texas with his family and grew up in DeWitt County. Following his service in the Confederate army during the Civil War, he moved to Blanco County to join his uncles in the cattle business. He bought . . . — Map (db m126760) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 2829 — James Polk Johnson Building
Built by Johnson City founder James Polk Johnson (1845-1885), this structure has housed a variety of businesses and served as a community gathering place. In addition to serving as a community hall, opera house, and meeting place for churches and . . . — Map (db m31126) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — Johnson City
“It was just a big family town. Nobody was rich, and everybody had plenty to eat and plenty to wear, and Lyndon was no different from the rest of us. I miss that little town, that feeling that everybody would do anything for anybody else. . . . — Map (db m31098) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — Johnson Settlement Trail
The sidewalk ahead leads to the Johnson Settlement, frontier home of President Johnson's paternal grandparents, Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr., and Eliza Bunton Johnson. Between 1867 and 1872 Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., and his brother Tom drove huge herds . . . — Map (db m31097) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 2828 — L. B. J. Boyhood Home
Sam Ealy Johnson Jr. (1877-1937) and his wife Rebekah Baines Johnson (1881-1958) bought this residence in 1913. Sam, an educator and six-term Texas legislator, and Rebekah, an educator and journalist, raised five children here. The frame house was . . . — Map (db m30926) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — LBJ Boyhood Home
Lyndon Johnson spent most of ten years living in this home - a decade that profoundly affected the future president's view of the world. A neat landscape in front of you bears little resemblance to the backyard Lyndon Johnson knew. In Johnson's . . . — Map (db m31036) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 16864 — Lyndon B. Johnson and Hill Country Electrification
By the 1930s, many residents of cities across the U.S. were benefiting from the common use of electricity. However, a vast majority of rural areas lacked electric service, which compounded depression-era problems for farmers whose crop returns were . . . — Map (db m126764) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc.
These plaques were first installed on the original Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. headquarters building in 1939. Pedernales Electric Co-operative - Incorporated - Erected 1939 Dedicated to the extension of electric . . . — Map (db m31093) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — Resting Place of a Founder — James Polk Johnson 1845 - 1885 — Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Born in Alabama on August 24, 1845, James Polk Johnson was still a child when his family moved to Texas in search of a better life. As a teenager he served in the Civil War and then joined his uncles Tom and Sam Ealy Johnson in their cattle droving . . . — Map (db m127310) HM
Texas (Blanco County), Johnson City — 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 - . . . — Map (db m31128) HM

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