A set of longhorns

[LBJ Library photo by Ruth Goerger]

This week's artifact is a set of longhorns [1973.9384.1.jpg]. We always knew LBJ was a true Texan, but finding this quintessentially Texas object really solidified the fact. Wildlife thrives at the LBJ Ranch, including American bison, white-tailed deer, and Texas longhorn cattle.

In the video "Homeplace," here's what LBJ has to say about the family ranch: "When I come here and stay two or three days, it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s new strength. I go away ready to challenge the world. Sometimes when I come here, I think that I… well, I think I just need to come. That’s the way I felt this week. Because there’s no other place, no Virgin Islands, no Miami coastlines, no boat trips across the Atlantic, that can do for me when this soil and this land and this water and these people and these hills and surroundings can do. They represent the memories of half a century, and they provide the stimulation and the inspiration that nothing else and no one else can provide."

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Did You Know…

In 1951, LBJ was given 250 acres of land. From that he created a 2,700-acre working ranch with 400 head of registered Hereford cattle. According to its website, "the National Park Service maintains a herd of Hereford cattle descended from Johnson's registered herd and manages the ranch lands as a living demonstration of ranching the LBJ way."

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