Sunday, April 24, 2016
LBJ Boyhood Home- Johnson City Texas
Lyndon B. Johnson was way before my time, but I have been reading up on the man lately. I do think history will judge him as a good hearted, hard working President. I think he got some impressive things done (especially relating to education). Plus, his VERY admired wife was exceptionally progressive and did a lot in her own right relating to parks and nature.
LBJ was also a one of a kind leader. It was a tough act following JFK but the man came out swinging, and did what he could. He had a fighter's chip on his shoulder at times, and a frat boys attitude (he could be crude). He did things his way.
After spending a few days in San Antonio we drove out to the Texas Hill Country to see some places relating to our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson.
We first stopped at the LBJ Boyhood Home in Johnson City Texas. This is a very small little community that would be a great place to grow up. The town has a small town, friendly vibe.
There is a nice visitor center with several Johnson relics displayed. There is a small gift shop. I think tours of the boyhood home are offered on the half hour, and the boyhood home is a very short walk from the visitor center. We were the only ones on our tour.
The actual home is also small and humble. LBJ's early days in life and politics are covered here, along with stories of his grandparents. Most of the furnishings in the home are period specific, and there were only a few items that would have been there during Johnson's time there.
After spending a little time here, we drove the 14 miles to the Johnson Ranch.