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“Good tour of LBJ boyhood home”

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 11, 2014

If you plan to visit the Texas White House on the LBJ ranch, don't forget to also visit his boyhood home in Johnson City. A very informative visitors center gets you started with displays and films.

Take the guided tour of the home across the street from the center. Interesting how the house was built to take advantage of every cool breeze. No plumbing or power in those days. The history of the Johnson family is quite fascinating, how Lyndon's mother was a fancy, educated lady who made the best of life in Texas cattle country, and how his father didn't have much schooling but was a self-educated politician.

We did not have time to tour around the grandparents' homestead and other buildings, but would do it another time.

Thank Tina G
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

This was a wonderful tour and great opportunity to learn of the former president and first lady. I really enjoyed visiting his childhood home, the Visitor's Center with many artifacts, and his grandparents cabin. It was like going back in history. The guide showed us a short cut to limit the amount of walking.

The drive to the ranch was only 14 miles in Stonewall. What a beautiful, serene place. No wonder he enjoyed going there. It was surreal walking through the house they lived in (and that he died in)
and to drive through the ranch where he rode his horse. What a great experience.

Thank aquablue
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

The LBJ National Historic Park is in two locations about 14 miles apart. The address indicated here is in Johnson City proper and is where most people start for orientation; the Johnson City site includes the LBJ Boyhood Home where LBJ lived from age 5 and that is reviewed by some on TripAdvisor as a separate Johnson City attraction. The other part of the National Historical Park is the LBJ Ranch located 14 miles west of Johnson City on Highway 290, which includes the main house on the ranch, which during LBJ's frequent visits during his presidency became known as the Texas White House; the Texas White House is reviewed by some as a separate Johnson City attraction, though it's really closer to the little town of Stonewall, TX. All of these are parts of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

I'll concentrate on the LBJ Ranch. It consists of several thousand acres running along the north side of the Pedernales River, a small one-room schoolhouse that LBJ frequently visited/attended as a 4- or 5-year-old before his parents moved into Johnson City. It includes a house President Johnson constructed as a guest house to appear like the house he was born in. Also, LBJ and Lady Bird Johnson are buried in the family cemetery. You drive around the ranch and see the hereford cattle that are descendants of those LBJ kept on the ranch himself. Some of the straightaway on the ranch road was used as the runway during LBJ's presidency to land a small jet, which LBJ referred to as "Air Force One-half" (pictured). The ranch includes a show barn; make sure to explore with the ranch hands the Park Service keeps to learn about ranch operations. Finally, you drive back to the main house complex, which consists of the residence (a.k.a. Texas White House), a covered area for "Air Force One-half", a small museum, and some garages and communications facilities presumably built when LBJ spent so much of his presidency on the ranch.

Since 2008 (shortly after Lady Bird's passing in 2007), the Park Service has conducted guided tours through the sprawling residence. As this is a home that LBJ and Lady Bird extensively renovated and added on to and furnished to reflect their desires, it's a good reflection of the couple. For example the residence has 72 phone lines and telephones running into every room of the house, reflecting LBJ's constant need to stay in contact with Washington. Where LBJ sat at the dining room table not only is in easy reach of the under-table phone, but also is set to where he can view all three TVs in the living room, tuned to each of the three television networks in the 1960s. The only detraction from the Texas White Hose tour is that you can't take photos.inside the house.

All in all, a wonderful place to visit -- both the Johnson City site and the Ranch site.

4  Thank American_Bureaucrat
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is the place where to start you day in the the life of LBJ.
Come to the visitor center and watch one or both movies (one is about LBJ and the other about Lady Bird); also watch the small exibit about LBJ.
Meet the ranger at the boyhood home of LBJ, just across the street from the visitor center. Very interesting short tour of the house.
You can then walk around the streets and see the old Johnson settlement.
After your done, get back in your car and drive a few miles toward Stonewall to the LBJ Ranch to continue your visit.
You have to stop at the State Park visitor center and get a pass to be allowed on the ranch. It's free. After you left the visitor center, you will drive to the ranch, following the map they have given you. Your first stop will be the old school, then the birthplace, then the cemetery, then the ranch (fields and prairies), then the Texas White House. There, you wil be able to see Air Force One-Half parked outside and for a small fee, you will be given a guided tour of the Texas White House (which is really cool).
Plan at least 5 to 6 hours to appreciate the sites.

Thank Ben0844
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Wonderful family outing and well maintained park. Great for biking, driving or walking around the historic grounds. Probably best with kids who appreciate outdoors and history, otherwise leave them at home.

Thank E Y
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