Click for Free
Calendar
Event Submission


Click here for your
Every Hill Country organization can have a free listing on the Portal
basic Portal listing!


Click to see very cost-effective advertising opportunities on the Portal
A place to visit with old friends and make new ones! Click for Pecan Street Brewing web site.

Cedar Posts &
Western Furniture

Deleons Outpost
Deleon's Outpost
512-470-6186
520 US 281 N
Johnson City, TX


Your Texas Hill Country Real Estate Specialists
Century 21 Real Estate
www.c21towncreek.com

"Anything PC"
by George
PC &
TECHNOLOGY HELP

PC slowed down?
We can tune it up
& do anything PC
281-300-7177
Johnson City

info@cofran.com
www.cofran.com


"The Web Guy"
WEB SITE DESIGN
& MAINTENANCE

Economical
& Effective

281-300-7177
Johnson City, TX
info@cofran.com
www.cofran.com




"Business Coach"

COST CONTROLS,
EFFICIENCY &
BETTER STRATEGIES
= MORE PROFIT !!

Economical
& Effective

281-300-7177
Johnson City, TX

info@cofran.com
www.cofran.com



Support theClick to go to Wounded Warrior Project web site
Hill Country Alliance: education, conservation, cooperation
Click for LBJ National Historical Park
LBJ National
Historical Park

Blanco County
Cat Coalition
Annual Fundraiser
Cats
Trap, Neuter & Return
Feral Cats


Please Donate to
this worthy cause.

Non-Profit Organization
512-318-5875
www.BlancoCountyCat.org


A great opportunity for creativity, fun & contribution. Click to send email & tell us about yourself

Cofran's Texas . . .
Hill Country Portal


A Powerful Information Database & Gateway Service for the Texas Hill Country


pointer Use above MENU To Find "All Things In The Texas Hill Country"

Horizontal Line

City Profile For:

JOHNSON CITY, Texas

"Gateway to the Hill Country"; "Heart of the Arts in the Texas Hill Country";
"Wildflower Capital of the Texas Hill Country";
"Home of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson"

Population (2015e): 1,959COL Index (2008): 80.9
Elevation: 1,198 ftArea: 1.3 smCounty: Blanco (JC is County Seat)
Zip Code: 78636Area Code: 830-866Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30° 16' 35" N, 98° 24' 29" W
Location: Central part of county, at intersection of US 281 and US 290, along the Pedernales River;
45 mi W of Austin, 58 mi N of San Antonio
Highways: US 281, 290, Spur 356, RR 2766
Creeks: Town, Flat, DeerRivers: PedernalesLakes: none

Quick Links To: Directory Listings in Johnson City, and Recurring Events/Meetings in Johnson City


BACKGROUND INFORMATION Wildflower Capital of the Hill Country

CITY: CHAMBER & TOURISM:
  • Johnson City Chamber Of Commerce: 830-868-7684;
    100 E Main (at Nugent Ave), Johnson City, TX 78636.
    www.JohnsonCityTexasChamber.com, info@JohnsonCityTexasChamber.com JC Visitors Center in the NPS restored Withers & Spauldings Building
  • Chamber Visitors Center: In Withers & Spauldings Building, at same address, phone, email and web as above.
  • Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail: Web. Tourism spotlight on this town.
  • TPWD Hill Country Trail & Region: Promoted by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept, this group puts a tourism spotlight on 19 counties filled with rolling hills, wildflowers, rivers and scenic drives. Click: TPWD Trail Region
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES: NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 14 mi N of Blanco; 19 mi SW of Cypress Mill; 30 mi E of Fredericksburg; 17 mi NW of Henly; 10 mi E of Hye; 23 mi S of Marble Falls; 12 mi S of Round Mountain; 10 mi SE of Sandy; 27 mi SE Willow City

PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, tourism, parks, art galleries, PEC Electric Co-Op Corp HQ, county seat

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: For details on all, click JC Attractions
  • Art Galleries: JC Art
  • Bamberger Ranch Preserve & Bat Cave: Web
  • Exotic Resort Zoo: Web
  • Historic Johnson Settlement: See JC Attractions
  • LBJ Boyhood Home: See JC Attractions
  • National Historical Park & Visitors Center: See Parks below
  • Pedernales State Park & LCRA River Park: See Parks below
  • Wineries: Lewis Wines, Web; Texas Hills Vineyard, Web
  • Whittington's Jerky: Web
  • Wildflowers: Beautiful
  • Hill Country Science Mill: A family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games and programs. Web
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Hill Country Attractions
  • Albert: Albert Texas Ice House & Dance Hall; Historic School House
  • Blanco: Historic Town Square & Courthouse; Real Ale Brewing Co
  • Dripping Springs: Museums, Scenic Drives; The Springs; Arts
  • Hye: Garrison Whisky Distillery; Historic Post Office; Wineries
  • Luckenbach: Luckenbach Dance Hall & General Store
  • Marble Falls: Lake LBJ; Lake Marble Falls; Historic Main Street District; Falls On The Colorado Museum; Fox Memorial Marker & Panoramic View; Sweet Berry Farm; Marble Falls Historic Train Depot & Chamber Visitor Center; Granite Mountain/Cold Spring Texas Granite Company
  • Stonewall: Peaches; Vineyards; Lavender; Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm; LBJ State & National Parks
  • Twin Sisters: Dance Hall
PARKS: There are many Federal, State and LCRA parks in the greater area as profiled on the Parks page. These include:
  • LBJ State & National Parks
  • Pedernales Falls State Park
  • Pedernales River Nature Park
Local city parks include: (call City Hall: 830-868-7111 for info & reservations)
  • Memorial: US 290 (Main St), N side, downtown. Gazebo, restrooms. Map (note, Google incorrectly shows as "City Park")
  • City Park: Spur 356, E side, half way between US 281 and Courthouse. Pool, ball field, tennis courts, playground, pavilion, meeting hall. Map
EVENT CALENDAR: For more details, see Chamber event listings
  • Jan: Blanco County Youth Stock Show, 4-H and FFA Youth Projects
  • Mar: Texas Men's State Chili & BBQ Championship Cook-off; Texas Star Trail Ride; LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour at LBJ Ranch; Women's Club Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo Fundraiser
  • May: VFD Fish Fry fundraiser
  • Jun: Tractor Pull Competition
  • Jul: Spange-Dangle July 4th Celebration, parade & fireworks
  • Aug: Blanco County Fair & Rodeo
  • Sep:
  • We Got Yer Goat BBQ Cook-Off
  • Oct: Wild Game Dinner; Pig Roast Event (fundraiser)Lighted Courthouse
  • Nov-Dec: Lights Spectacular-Hill Country Style
    (lighting of the courthouse & PEC, Hooves & Wheels Parade); Methodist Living Nativity Pageant; Hill Country Toy Run; LBJ Park: Christmas at LBJ Boyhood Home; A Timeless Christmas at the Johnson Settlement; Movies Under the Stars; Dexter's Hill Country Christmas Lights Display
  • Recurring Meetings & Events Every Month: Calendar for Johnson City
For full details on these and nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.

WEATHER: Local Weather; NOAA Forecast; Hill Country-wide Weather

MEDIA COVERAGE:
  • On-Line News: Google News; Topix
  • Newspaper: Johnson City Record Courier, www.jcrecordcourier.com (weekly)
  • Articles & Videos:
    • Fly-Over - 2017: Video
    • Market Day - 2016: Video
    • Daytripper Spotlight: Web with Video
    • Johnson City Lights Spectacular, by George Cofran, freelance author. Portal Article
    • YouTube Video of PEC Lights (ranked #4 of World's Best Holiday Light Displays
      for 2008 by Travel & Leisure Magazine!): Video
MAPS: ROADS: For detailed listing of county, state and federal roads in Blanco County, including an interactive map,
>> click: Roads

HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "Settlers living along the Pedernales River in the rugged central part of the county, among them one James Polk Johnson, for whom the town was later named, thought that the county seat at Blanco was not accessible, so in 1876 they called for an election to move the courthouse closer to the geographical center of the county. When this attempt failed, the citizens followed Johnson's lead and began publicizing the idea of establishing a new community. The site chosen was on land originally granted to James Fentress, which belonged to Johnson. A post office was established there in 1878, and soon afterwards town lots were offered for sale. In 1879 the people successfully petitioned for an election to choose a new county seat but were defeated. Meanwhile, the town continued to grow, especially boosted by the construction of Johnson's two-story office building and his hotel. He also donated lots for schools. In 1890 another county seat election, a hotly contested one, made Johnson City the county seat.

Though its new status boosted the economy of the community, Johnson City did not get modern utilities until the 1930s, when Lyndon Baines Johnson, a relative of the founder of the city, sponsored legislation that introduced full electric power to the area under the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Pedernales Electric Cooperative. After Johnson became a United States senator and began his climb to the presidency, telephone service rapidly progressed from the old magnetic box phones to dial service and then to worldwide service. In addition, when he returned from the White House, Johnson made the United States a gift of his lands, now the Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historical Park.

Johnson City, for many years mainly a ranch trade center, had a steady tourist business from its origins. Though the number of businesses dropped from twenty in 1914 to seven in 1933, it rose to forty-two in the mid-1950s, when the town was incorporated. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Johnson was president of the United States, the major income in Johnson City came from the tourist industry, and the number of businesses rose to fifty-two. By 1986 the number had dropped to twenty-six. The town's newspaper, the Record-Courier, was established in 1883. The population fluctuated from 400 in 1925 to 950 in the late 1940s, and from 660 to 800 between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s. Johnson City continues to be mainly a tourist center. In 1990 the population was 932. That figure increased to 1,191 by 2000."


Named for James Polk Johnson, an early settler. Founded 1878.

New "The School At Sandy", a research report by Tom Anderson, 1/31/2013: Report (a Word doc).

PRIOR CITY NAMES: None

HISTORICAL MARKERS: See Texas Historical Commission's Historic Sites Atlas: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us. Includes interactive map plus detailed descriptions of historical markers, cemeteries, museums, all searchable by county.
  • Blanco County Courthouse: Pecan St & Nugent Ave
  • Blanco County Jail: Pecan St & N Ave G
  • Johnson Settlement: US 290 W at LBJ NHP
  • PEC Headquarters Bldg: E Elm and & A Ave F
  • LBJ Boyhood Home: E Elm St & S Ave G
CEMETERIES: See THC Historic Sites Atlas above.
  • James Polk Johnson Cemetery: Lat-Long (30° 16.669' N, 98° 24.959' W); at intersection of Ave L and Pecan Dr.
  • Masonic Cemetery: Lat-Long (30° 17.068' N, 98° 24.703' W); on W side of Spur 356/Nugent Ave, .5 miles N of US 290
  • Miller Creek Cemetery: Lat-Long (30° 11.755' N, 98° 19.945' W); From intersection of US 290 and Hwy 281 S of Johnson City, go 2.7 miles E on 290 to Miller Creek Cemetery Road, turn L and go 100 yards. The cemetery is on R (E) side of the road.
  • Post Oak Cemetery: NW of Johnson City, at RR 2721, 1 mi W of RR 1320, 4 mi N of Hwy 290, next to old schoolhouse that now actively serves as a community center.
  • Rocky Creek Cemetery: Lat-Long (30° 13.797' N, 98° 32.129' W); From intersection of Rocky Rd and US 290 W of Johnson City, go 1.3 miles S on Rocky Rd. Cemetery is on the R (W) side next to a church.
  • Sandy Cemetery: see Sandy
See: Blanco County Cemetery Photos, Facts & Directions

MAJOR RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISIONS:
  • Creek View: E side of town, off A-Robinson Rd
  • Oak Forest: in town, N end of Ave N
  • Pedernales Estates: N of town, on RR 1323
  • Pedernales Ranch Estates: N of town, on RR 1323
  • Ranchers Estates: S part of town
  • Sandy Oaks: N of town, on RR 1323
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: yes; Convenience Stores: yes; Restaurants: yes; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: yes; Banks: yes; Vehicle Repair: yes; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: yes; Post Office: yes; Public Schools: yes; Cemetery: yes

OTHER PROFILES: City Data; ePodunk; Texas Escapes; Travel Texas;

Traveler's Choice: Virtual Cities (outdated but still some interesting history);

Impeckable Aviaries' Unofficial Guide to Johnson City and the LBJ Hill Country: Aviaries; Wikipedia

NOTES:

Pollen Count: www.pollen.com/forecast.asp

We welcome inquiries, comments and submission of updates, additions, corrections & digital photos,
without compensation. Send to Editor at:
editor@HillCountryPortal.com






BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY

Click on category below for detailed listings in Johnson City:



290Vinery Enjoy great wines inside our spacious, art-filled, tasting room or surrounded by sculpture in one of several outdoor areas within our ancient oak grove.

A vast selection of wines available by the taste, glass, bottle or case.

Like us on Facebook for upcoming events

300 W Main (US 290), Johnson City (heading West, just past Bank, on right). Click Map
Hours: Th: 12-5; F: 12-7 (7-9 for Wine Club); Sat: 10:30-7; Sun: 12-5; M: 12-5 with HH @ 3
290Vinery View
www.290Vinery.com
830-321-0101

Show us this ad to
receive a 10% discount!


 
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Click for more pictures and details at Sandy Road Guest HausUpscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country


Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636

Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com

Come Relax & Enjoy!








Back To >> TOP OF PAGE & MAIN INDEX or BEGINNING OF DIRECTORY LISTINGS THIS PAGE




Calendar

Click for Hill Country:
» FESTIVALS/MAJOR EVENTS
» LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
» MAPS
Great shopping bargains at the Portal Store!

Click to see very cost-effective advertising opportunities on the Portal
It's EASY to advertise on the Portal ~ We'll help you.

290 Vinery
Wines & Vines
Available by the taste,
glass, bottle or case.

Where wine is appreciated, enjoyed and experienced
830-321-0101
300 West Main (US 290)


COUNTRY CABINS
BnB

Near: Hye, Albert,
Johnson City
& Stonewall.
Next to Garrison Bros Distillery.
Just off Hwy 290
Winery Row

830-868-7447
www.CountryCabinsBnB.com


Come share a piece of our world....
William Chris Vineyards

Family-owned winery
& vineyard operation
at a century-old
farm house,
breathtaking views
of Hill Country,
& handcrafted
Texas wines

(830) 998-7654
10352 US 290 W
Hye, Texas

williamchriswines.com


Affordable Pre-paid Emergency Air Transport Service
Air Evac Lifeteam

Click image for details
Protection starts at $65/yr
Hero Card - - Not just another discount card. It's a movement.


Vallone Real Estate

Click for web site"Helping You
Put The
Pieces Together"


Serving Blanco &
Surrounding Counties


ValloneRealEstate.net

Debbie: 713-818-6658



FOR SALE >> SOLD !
HISTORIC
Barnwell House

A magnificent Texas Victorian built in 1913, with 2,300 sf, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a 2nd floor balcony overlooking heritage oaks siting on 1/3 acre.
Johnson City
Texas Hill Country

Courthouse Square
Just $350,000
For sale by owner
830-868-2600



A perfect day in . .
the Texas Hill Country!


Breathtaking views
Relaxing deck
Comfortable lounge chairs
Relax with . .
a glass of our wine
Winery tours
Open every day
No appointment needed


Pedernales Cellars . . a place to relax and taste wine
Join us on our deck and enjoy family, friends or that special person . . with our great wines.
Stonewall, Texas
830-644-2037
www.PedernalesCellars.com


Johnson City Library
Donation Pavers

Donate A Memory!
Forever Memorials!


Call or Click for Details

Buy An Engraved Paver
For Setting In The
New Library Porch Floor

Click here to go to our Library web site
Contact: Johnson City
Women's Civic Club
Sharon Cofran
281-543-4410
sharoncofran@cofran.com