President Johnson spent about one quarter of his presidency working from the ranch; he felt at home here and it was a place where he could really think and get things done without the distractions and pressure of life in Washington DC.
Though the park entrance is free, a tour of the family home is $3/person (no photos allowed inside), and is like entering a time capsule into the 1960's and 70's. The property is still a working ranch today.
|Bluebonnets blanket the grounds near the visitor center.|
|The Sauer-Beckmann farm.|
The farmstead was added on to over the years as the family grew and each addition is different from the last.
We saw this add-on phenomenon in many old Fredericksburg homes.
|It's spring and there are lots of cute baby animals at this park!|
|In the kitchen a couple was demonstrating the various stages of milk/butter/cheese processing.|
|The Pedernales River runs through the park.|
(Though is it pronounced Purdenales by Texans)
|Hans liked this sign at the schoolhouse...|
|Johnson raised Herefords for breeding.|
|Johnson was the first Vice President to have a jet assigned to him, he chose the Lockheed Jetstar VC-140.|
He jokingly referred to it as Air Force One Half.
|The huge trees surrounding the Texas White House made it difficult to get a good photograph.|
Again, it is easy to see how the house was added on to over time, as each addition is clearly different from the rest.
|Spring in Texas Hill Country!|
This beautiful state park is a wonderful way to learn more about our 36th president and is just a portion of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park. Additional sites related to President Johnson are located in Johnson City, 14 miles East...but we'll save those for the next time we visit the area.