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“History and Tour of LBJ Ranch”

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
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Owner description: Visitors to this day use park can enjoy historical sites, picnicking, fishing, swimming, nature and wildlife viewing. As of May 2014, the park is home to part of the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd. If you plan to swim at the park, read through our swimming safety tips before you come. Be sure to visit the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead, a living history farm, presented as it was in 1918. Interpreters wear period clothing, do the farm and household chores as they were done at that time, and conduct tours for the visitors. Located east of the visitor center, off the nature trail. The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo, longhorn and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history, and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display. The Visitor Center is the focal point of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park. It contains memorabilia from President Johnson's presidency and interactive displays about the land and people that shaped a president. Attached to the Visitor Center is the Behrens Cabin, a two-room dogtrot cabin built by German immigrant H. C. Behrens during the 1870s. The furnishings are typical of such homes in that period. Visitors can further explore the history of these immigrants by viewing the 1860s Danz family log cabin located just west of the Visitor Center. An auditorium in the visitor center complex will accommodate 234 persons for state performances or films. An outdoor amphitheater is used for a variety of programs. A nature trail, including a Hill Country botanical exhibit, winds past wildlife enclosures stocked with bison, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, other native wildlife, and longhorn cattle. Directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch, part of LBJ National Historical Park. The Annual LBJ Tree Lighting takes place in mid-December. Educational & Interpretive Programs Tours of the complex, including the Sauer-Beckmann farm with its smokehouse, Victorian style house, garden, and log house lasts approximately an hour; group reservations are accepted. No entrance fee is required, but donation boxes are available. Individuals and families can take the tour on a first-come, first-serve basis.Directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch, part of LBJ National Historical Park. Self-guided tours of the Ranch begin at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center. Among the sites on the Ranch are the one-room Junction School first attended by the four-year-old Lyndon B. Johnson in 1912, reconstructed birthplace and nearby Johnson family cemetery where the former President is buried, and the Texas White House. The drive also takes visitors through the pasturelands where Hereford cattle, descended from those owned by President Johnson, can be viewed. Self-guided tours of the LBJ Ranch begin at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center and are available daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when the national park is closed. For more information & hours of operation, visit the LBJ National Historical Park web site. Check the calendar for upcoming events and programs. Natural Features The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo (American bison), longhorn and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history, and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display.
Dallas, Texas
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“History and Tour of LBJ Ranch”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

This was by far one of the best places to spend 6 hours. We had s ranger on our tour that had so many personal stories on President and Lady Bird Johnson that educated and reminded us of what he did for our country in a time of many changes.

Visited July 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Definitely Worth a Repeat Visit”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

My last visit to the LBJ ranch was years ago when Mrs. Johnson was still living in the home and visitors were restricted to carefully controlled bus rides. That has all changed. You now tour the ranch property at your own pace in your own car. Since this remains a working ranch, you will see descendents of LBJ's cattle herd, wild turkeys, and other wildlife. You can visit the show barns as well. You then park and can walk around the home site (including a small version of Air Force One that was used to fly LBJ to the Ranch), and can actually enter the home on a ranger-guided tour. Because Mrs. Johnson lived there until just a few years before her passing and kept things largely intact as it was when used as the Texas White House, the home is practically a time capsule of the LBJ presidential period. Everything is absolutely authentic -- right down to LBJ's eyeglasses resting on an end table. Other areas open to visits are the grade school LBJ attended as well as a recreation of his birthplace. You can view his and Mrs. Johnson's graves from the outside of their family cemetery, but cannot enter. If you are a history buff or interested in the 1960s, this is well worth the effort to reach.

Visited July 2014
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Plano, Texas, United States
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“Really nice historical park”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Since we were so close recently, I convinced my husband to visit. We aren't necessarily big LBJ fans, although I do share a birthday with him, and I find our US History to be fascinating. It was more engaging than we expected it to be. We started at the State Park visitors center, watching the video. I do recommend taking the time to watch it, as it is from a program LBJ and Lady Bird themselves narrated about their beloved land and Texas. It gave a gentler, more human viewpoint of a controversial presidency during. I, too, love our native Texas land. We first walked through the little museum at the State Park where we picked up more Hill Country history. The Living History farm is worth the visit itself. The day we visited was quite warm, but the full time staff there was more than willing to share about regular life in this part of Texas 100 years ago. It reminded me so much of my own family's story. We then took the driving tour of the LBJ homestead, but skipped the house tour as we were starving.

Visited July 2014
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Katy, Texas
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“Great stop”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

My daughter and I really enjoyed this place. The tour of the home was great and the tour of the grounds was great. I suggest stopping here even if you are not a history/political buff.

Visited March 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Rich in History”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Enjoyed seeing the film about the president. Very interesting. His house had so much history. Our tour guide was rich in knowledge. It was fun to learn that LBJ was a workaholic and how him and his wife had two separate quarters to sleep and that he oftentimes watched 3 TV's at one time. He also had a telephone everywhere including at the dinner table. He multitasked.. The ranch had many important dignitaries that stayed there which was an interesting fact. Also driving around with our car we got to see the cemetery where him and his family are buried and the airplane he flew in.

Visited July 2014
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