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Every year since his death in 1973, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s birthday is marked by the laying of a wreath.
It’s a time to honor the former president and look back at his historic administration.
“If you print a list of the landmark law of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s administration, it will take five-and-a-half pages of singles spaced print,” Russ Whitlock with the LBJ National Historical Park said.
Johnson born and died on the Stonewall, Texas ranch.
“These ranch lands are a living demonstration or the legacy of President Johnson,” Brig. Gen. Robert D. LaBrutta with the U.S. Air Force said.
The ranch also became a key location where he served as president. Now, the ranch aims to recapture the 1960s.
“What we offer here is that sense of place,” Dave Schafer with the LBJ park said. “Fifty years ago, this was the Texas White House. President Johnson spent more than one quarter of his presidency here, governing the nation from this location.”
The Texas White House, the ranch and the surrounding Hill Country gave Johnson a place where he could govern and relax.
“The Hill Country of Texas was indeed the greatest comfort to my father’s soul,” LBJ’s daughter Luci Baines said. “We are responsible for continuing the great effort that began with the great society.”
The LBJ National Historic Park offers driving tours of the still operating ranch, as well as guided tours inside the Texas White House.