On the road with Ed and Judie travel blog

Ranch Sign

LBJ Ranch Cottage

Trees leafinv out and wildflowers

LBJ's Bison

More Bluebonnets

Hereford Cows and Calves

Front view of Texas White House, with beautiful Live Oak trees

Texas White house

Trees arch over the ranch road

A pair of longhorn bulls

What Horns!!

Big Turkey

Wagon at the Sauer-Beckman Farm

Fowl at the Sauer Beckman Farm

Horse drawn Hay Rake

She wants to be milked!

Preserved Food

Windmill, water tank and Laundry area

Windmill and House

Spotted Poland-China 3 months old hogs

Gotta get to the feeder!!

On Saturday we went to the LBJ Ranch National Park and the LBJ State Park. The Ranch was the old family farm and was LBJ's Texas White House where he spent 25% of his time as President. You pick up a CD and take a car tour through the ranch, stopping at several venues including the cemetery, barn and ranch house.

Pure-bred Hereford cattle (off-spring of LBJ's original herd) are managed by the Federal Employees of the Parks Department. They focus on maintaining the cattle in the 'classic Hereford style' of the 1960's. The fellow that spoke to us was well versed in his subject and we enjoyed listening to him.

There was a runway where Air Force One would land and taxi to the ranch home hanger. (this 'Air Force One was a smaller plane he would transfer into at a local Air Force base) They had a collection of his cars on display and a tour of the Ranch House, ie: Texas White House.

The State Park was on the Sauer-Beckmann Farm, which was the adjoining farm on the south side of the Pedernales River. Texas State Parks and Wildlife maintains a Living History Farm to show what life was like on a German Farm in the 1800's as well as wild life areas that include Buffalo and Texas Long Horn Cattle. The farm had typical farm animals including pigs, cows, horses, sheep, chickens, turkeys, guinea hens, etc. They have docents in period clothes doing farm chores and cooking. The volunteers appear to maintain the farm, caring for livestock, preserving food and gardening.

This area of the Pedernales River basin is simply beautiful and we enjoyed the opportunity to visit the land here.

After two days full of sightseeing and lots of photo taking, we relaxed Saturday night and slept well. Sunday morning we packed up and headed North through Dallas towards Lebanon, Missouri where we will visit with long-time friends.

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