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JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS

Blanco County Seat, Texas Hill Country

Hwys 290 and 281
32 miles E of Fredericksburg
42 miles W of Austin
12 miles N of Blanco
Population: 1,708 (2010) 1,191 (2000) 932 (1990)

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Johnson City TX LBJ Boyhood Home
L.B.J. Boyhood Home in Johnson City
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

Johnson City, Texas Topics:

  • Johnson City History
  • Johnson City Landmarks / Attractions
  • L.B.J. Boyhood Home
  • State & National Parks
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  • Blanco County Jail next page
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  • Blanco County - Towns, ghost towns & maps
  • History in a Pecan Shell

    Named after James Polk Johnson who was one of the original settlers. In 1876 an election was called to move the county seat more toward the center of the county. Defeated, the settlers decided to build a community that might rival Blanco for the title. The site chosen was on Johnson's land. A post office was granted in 1878 and a newspaper was published in 1883. In 1879 another election for county seat was held and Johnson City was defeated.

    The town grew and by 1890, after a hard-won election, Johnson City became the county seat.

    In the 1930s Johnson City was still without utilities until Lyndon Baines Johnson sponsored legislation that created the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Pedernales (River) Electric Cooperative.

    During Johnson's vice-presidency and presidency, the town became a tourist attraction - which it continues to be. Johnson later deeded the family property to the government, creating what is now the LBJ National Historical Park.

    From 52 businesses in that period, 26 dissolved by the mid-1980s.

    Johnson City Landmarks / Attractions

    Downtown Johnson City Texas
    Downtown Johnson City
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    1916 Blanco County Courthouse, Johnson City, Texas today
    Blanco County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    L.B.J. Boyhood Home, Johnson City TX
    L.B.J. Boyhood Home in Johnson City
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    L.B.J. Boyhood Home historical marker,  Johnson City TX
    L.B.J. Boyhood Home historical marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Blanco County jail, Johnson City, Texas
    Blanco County Jail
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Johnson City TX First Christian Church
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    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Johnson City Bank, Texas, early morning
    Early morning in Johnson City
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
  • Blanco County Courthouse
  • 1894 Blanco County Jail
  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
    PO Box 329, Johnson City, TX 78636
    830-868-7128, ext. 231 or 244
  • Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
    P O Box 238 Stonewall TX 78671
    830/644-2252
  • Pedernales Falls State Park
    2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City TX 78636
    830/868-7304
  • Native Heritage Walking Gardens
    Contact Chamber at 830-868-7684
  • Captain Perry Texas Ranger Museum - Hwy 290
    404 W. Main St. Contact Chamber at 830-868-7684
  • Blanco County - Towns, ghost towns & maps
  • Johnson City Chamber of Commerce
    100 East Main Street, PO Box 485
    Johnson City, TX 78636
    Chamber Office: 830-868-7684

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    Johnson City, Texas,  Home Town of Lyndon B. Johnson
    Johnson City Home Town of Lyndon B. Johnson
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Public School, Johnson City, Texas
    "Public School, Johnson City, Texas"
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  • The Ghost on Highway 281 by C.F. Eckhardt ("Charley Eckhardt's Texas" Column)
    "...About a year and a half later John was in the old Jailhouse Barber Shop in Blanco, and he mentioned seeing the guy with the knife alongside 281. "Oh," somebody said, "you saw Lackey's ghost." ... As it turned out, John wasn't the only person who'd seen Lackey trying to hitch a ride north toward Johnson City. A lot of people were aware of him. Truckers don't like to drive that stretch on fall nights..."
  • LBJ and East Texas Politics by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical" Column)
  • TX Blanco County 1940s Map
    Blanco County 1940s map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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