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Hauenstein leadership fellows drove up into the Texas Hill Country to spend the day touring Lyndon Johnson's boyhood home (left) and ranch. The boyhood home is in Johnson City, and the ranch is near Stonewall. Both sites are administered by the National Park Service.

The boyhood home was built in 1901 by W. C. Russell, sheriff of Blanco County. The style is Folk Victorian. The president's father, Samuel Ealy Johnson Jr, paid $2,925 for the house and surrounding 1-3/4 acres.

By the way, the "Johnson" in Johnson City refers not to the 36th president but to another family member, James Polk Johnson, who was related to LBJ's grandfather.


Photos and text © Gleaves Whitney 2005