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LBJ National Historical Park: A Ride Back in Time

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Born on August 27, 1908, in Stonewall, Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) became the 36th President of the United States from 1963-1969 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.

Located in Stonewall, along the beautiful Pedernales River in the Texas Hill Country, is the LBJ National Historical Park, which was acquired by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1969 and opened for a tourist attraction in 1970. The property was designated in 1980 as a historical site. The LBJ property is where President Johnson lived, died, and was buried (1973). The former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, continued to live on the property part-time until her death in 2007.

Sauer-Beckmann Living Farm

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Photo: Cathy Kozub

At the entrance of the LBJ National Historical Park, you will find the visitor’s center where you can get a map of the park. After leaving the visitor’s center and continuing along your driving tour, you will see the Sauer-Beckmann Living Farm. This farm is presented as it was in 1918. Farm animals you’ll see here include sheep, hogs, and hens. This part of the property was settled by Johann and Christine Sauer in 1869. The Sauers had 10 children, one of them, Augusta Sauer Lindig, was a midwife at President Johnson’s birth. In 1900, the Beckmann Family acquired this part of the property.

Trinity Lutheran Church

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Photo: Cathy Kozub

As you move along your tour, you will see the Trinity Lutheran Church. President Johnson attended this church. The existing church was built in 1928. Worship services in the German language were held until 1950. Services are still held today every Sunday at 10 a.m. The Trinity Lutheran Church became a Texas Historical Landmark in 1989.

Junction School

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Photo: Cathy Kozub

After passing the Trinity Lutheran Church, you will see the Junction School. There were 31 one-room school houses in Gillespie Country, with the Junction School being one of them. The Junction School opened in 1910 and served the local area for 37 years. Junction School was President Johnson’s first school he attended. After graduation for a high school in Johnson City, he went on to college at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas where he received his degree in teaching.  He taught in Houston, Cotulla, and Pearsall, Texas. In 1972, the National Park Foundation purchased the land where the Junction School is located.

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