[LBJ Library photo #c5309-4a_med by Mike Geissinger]

Stonewall is the place to go for LBJ family, presidential history

Apr 29, 2013

by Kitty Crider
[published on April 19, 2013 on dallasnews.com]

There’s a lot of LBJ history going on in Johnson City and Stonewall, which can be confusing for first-time visitors.

There’s a two-part Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park composed of two separate districts 14 miles apart — one in Stonewall and the other in Johnson City. There’s a state park (Stonewall), a childhood home (Johnson City) and a birthplace (Stonewall), as well as the famous LBJ ranch (Stonewall). If time is short, head to Stonewall.

Contact: Learn more about both districts at www.nps.gov.

Officially, this is the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park — Stonewall District. Here, on the LBJ Ranch, you’ll find the Texas White House. This park is also home to LBJ’s birthplace, the Johnson family cemetery and other sites of note.

Located: Just off Highway 290. About 14 miles west of Johnson City, 16 miles east of Fredericksburg, and 250 miles from Dallas.

Address: 199 Park Road 52, Stonewall. Free parking.

Allow: Two to three hours for the park.

Tour tips: You get to the ranch by turning off Highway 290 at the LBJ State Historical Park sign and going to the state park visitor center for your driving tour permit. Start your tour with an introductory film at the center that shows LBJ’s love for the land. read more