Sidebar: The LBJ Ranch

The Hills Are Alive

The LBJ Ranch, located in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, is located halfway between Fredericksburg and Johnson City. Visitors can step inside five restored rooms, including LBJ's office, with his presidential desk and other original furnishings. (Additional rooms will open to the public as they are ready.) The first native limestone residence here was built by a German immigrant named William "Polecat" Meier in 1894. Johnson's aunt and uncle purchased that house in 1909, and enlarged it. The former president bought the home in 1951 to keep it in the family. See nps.gov/lyjo. About 60 miles to the east, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center displays the native plants of the central Texas Hill Country, as well as south and west Texas. Until May 31, the grounds are open daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Established to preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes, the center is now an Organized Research Unit of the University of Texas at Austin. See wildflower.org.

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