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LBJ National Historic Site

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LBJ National Historic Site - Stonewall, Texas

Photos by Jason Merlo
Jason's Texas Hill Country Collection

     Chosen as the new capital site of the Texas Republic in 1839, Austin survived many challenges and remains the state capital of the Lone Star State today. Known as Texas Hill Country, the region around Austin is dominated by green landscapes, spring fed rivers and lakes, and rolling hills.
     Lyndon B. Johnson, America's 36th President, was born and raised in the Hill Country, not far from Texas Longhorns - LBJ  Ranch, Texasthe state capital. His presidency began on November 22, 1963, when President J.F. Kennedy was assassinated. His five year tenure included the War on Poverty, the Voting Rights Act, failing policies on the Vietnam War and famously ended his bid for renomination by saying, "I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party as your President."
     President Lyndon Johnson's lasting legacy is the LBJ Ranch, where he was born, lived, died, and was buried in 1973. The LBJ National Historic Site and the LBJ Ranch, two distinct visitor areas, focus on the Johnson settlement, Hill Country plants and animals, and Texas history. The 700 acre LBJ National Historic Site, famous for Lady Bird Johnson's wildflower displays, features presidential memorabilia, interactive displays, 1800s period homes and a nature trail that passes by wildlife enclosures. Here, visitors may come face to face with Texas Longhorns, bison or white-tailed deer. Historic sites in the park include Lyndon B. Johnson's reconstructed birthplace, his childhood schoolhouse, as well as the President's final resting place in the family cemetery. Driving permits allow Visitors to tour the Ranch at their own pace in their private vehicle with the ability to stop at all the sites along the tour route. Maps and a narrative audio CD help interpret all the highlights of the tour.

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