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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"
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, US-290, Spur-356, RR-2766
Creeks: Town, Flat, DeerRivers: PedernalesLakes: none
Quick Links To: Directory Listings in Johnson City
- City of Johnson City: Ofc: 830-868-7111; Fax: 830-868-7718
POB 369, 303 E Pecan Dr, Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: johnsoncitytx.org; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Johnson City Chamber Of Commerce: 830-868-7684;
100 E Main (at Nugent Ave), Johnson City, TX 78636.
- 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
- City Of Johnson City, Economic Development Committee: email@example.com
See City Hall information above.
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
- Science Mill: A family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games and programs. Web
- 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
- LBJ State & National Parks
- Pedernales Falls State Park
- Pedernales River Nature Park
- 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. Available for rental.Map
- 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)
- 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
WEATHER: Local Weather; NOAA Forecast; Hill Country-wide Weather
- On-Line News: Google News; Topix
- Newspaper: Johnson City Record Courier, jcrecordcourier.com (weekly)
- Articles & Videos:
- Local Google
- Chamber map of: Downtown
- Chamber map of: Surrounding Area
- City Zoning: Map
- Hill Country Special Maps
>> 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.
"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: 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 City Bank Building: Pecan St & Nugent Ave
- Johnson Settlement: US-290 W at LBJ NHP
- LBJ Boyhood Home: E Elm St & S Ave G
- PEC Headquarters Bldg: E Elm and & A Ave F
- Helmly House: E Cypress St & N Ave G
- 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
FREE PUBLIC WI-FI LOCATIONS:
- Black Spur Emporium, Gallery & Coffee Shop: Mainstreet and Nugent Ave
- Chamber of Commerce: Mainstreet and Nugent Ave
- Community Resource Center: US-281 S
- Courthouse Square: Pecan St & Nugent Ave
- Fat Boy Burgers: US-281 at US-290
- Hill Country Cupboard: US-281 at US-290
- Public Library: Spur 356/Nugent Ave
MAJOR RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISIONS:
- Creek View: E side of town, off A-Robinson Rd
- Los Encinos: 2.5 mi N of town on W side of US-281 Encinitas
- 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
- Walnut Springs: SW side of town, off Flat Creek Rd
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
Pollen Count: pollen.com/forecast.asp
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