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Obama’s political roots: Lyndon Johnson’s Texas White House helps tell the story

Posted on January 5, 2010 by | Southwest Travel | No Comments

STONEWALL, Texas — There’s something wistful about this place: a sprawling 600-acre property along the Pedernales River in central Texas. More than 35 years after Lyndon Johnson’s death, the LBJ Ranch — or “Texas White House,” as it came to be known because of the large amount of time Johnson spent here during his presidency — still bears his imprint. His glasses rest on a desk in the main house. His prized Lincoln Continentals, beneath a carport canopy. The ranch itself still operates, with nearly 100 Hereford cattle that descend from the same line of livestock Johnson once raised. Then […]

Pearl Harbor, “Day of Infamy,” told in Fredericksburg, Texas

Posted on December 7, 2009 by | Southwest Travel | No Comments

It’s a small town setting for a big time story: Right in the heart of Texas Hill Country, you’ll find America’s only museum dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles during World War Two. That story began 68 years ago, today, when Japanese forces waged a surprise attack on the United States. In less than two hours, half of America’s military airpower in the Pacific was wiped out, and, most devastating, the battleships Oklahoma and Arizona. In all, 2,323 U.S. servicemen were killed that morning — a mere preamble to what was to follow: By war’s […]

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