The Road to the White House - Quilt Block Series LbNA # 40366
|Owner||Lone Star Quilter|
|Placed Date||May 24 2008|
This particular quilt block design has many different names: The Road to Oklahoma, The Road to California, or the road to just about anywhere. Generally, when the color scheme is red, white and blue, the block is called The Road to the White House. I thought the block was appropriate to this place, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, because LBJ’s Texas White House is right across the road. This park is in Gillespie County, Texas, between Fredericksburg and Johnson City, and contains 717.9 acres. The park honors a native Texan who achieved the nation's highest office. To create the unique facility, friends of then President Johnson raised money to purchase property directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ Ranch. In 1965, this land was accepted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the park was opened in 1970. The park's location is historically significant since it is in the heart of the former President's home country. The area has been influenced by three major cultures: Native Americans, Spanish and German. Indians roamed the Hill Country first, leaving behind artifacts which tell of their nomadic life. The Spanish conquistadors followed, bringing a culture which was to endure to the present. German immigrants settled the Hill Country in the early 1800s and their descendants still call it home. Their culture has had a major impact on the development of the region and the park itself. All of these cultures are represented at the park. The 269-acre facility was officially dedicated in August 1970 in a ceremony attended by the Johnson family and a host of dignitaries. Since the dedication, the park has been expanded to approximately 732.75 acres.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is located 2 miles east of Stonewall, 14 miles west of Johnson City on U. S. Hwy 290. No entrance fee is charged at this park. Turn north on Park Road 52, then go right at first intersection (left goes to the visitor center). Continue past the living history center and park by the restrooms and picnic area.
To the box:
From restrooms, head into the woods on the gravel path for about 75 yards. When you come to the bridge, don’t cross it, but follow the path left to an interpretive sign titled “Whose Tracks?”. After reading the information, turn around and walk back the way you came for 12 steps. Look right into the woods for a multi-trucnk live oak tree about 10 steps off the trail. The box is residing under a large rock. You don’t have to move the rock to get the box. Be sure to replace the box in the same place you got it and cover it with sticks and leaves, which should be how you found it.