LYNDON JOHNSON (Austin, San Marcos, Stonewall)
Lyndon Johnson, the 36th president, was all Texan. His original birthplace—a board and batten dog-trot—had no modern conveniences and a bare dirt yard. He took pride in his humble origins and arranged to have his home reconstructed. Johnson utilized the same architectural style but made such great improvements that the home served as guest cottage for overflow company visiting. Today, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park encompasses more than Johnson’s boyhood home and his later family’s ranch house residence, making for a full day of heritage discovery. Nearby, LBJ resides in his final resting place, the Johnson Family cemetery.
In 1928, Southwest Texas State Teachers' College (now Texas State University) granted a teaching certificate to Johnson, who worked for a year at a poor Mexican-American school in Cotulla. The LBJ Museum of San Marcos focuses on Johnson’s college years and the impact of that time on his presidency, when he signed civil rights, anti-poverty, and education laws. Located in a former movie theater, the museum tells the story through period news clippings, photographs, memorabilia, and oral histories.
In nearby Austin, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum is one of 10 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The striking white marble building houses multimedia and artifact-rich exhibits that chronicle Johnson’s life and times. Visitors stroll through a reproduction of his Oval Office into exhibits about Lady Bird Johnson’s life as first lady and listen to a life-like animatronic LBJ that tells a few of the president’s favorite stories.