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Contact: Dave Schafer, 830-868-7128 ext. 235
JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS – Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has announced that the Texas White House on the LBJ Ranch will be closed for public tours for at least four days next month due to a historic preservation project. Beginning on , and continuing through at least , the home will be closed so that work can be completed on the living room ceiling. Depending on the rate of progress, the home may be closed even longer.
The National Park Service is addressing a critical historic preservation issue at the Texas White House. After park staff noticed cracks in the plaster of the living room ceiling, a certified structural engineer inspected the ceiling. The plaster had begun to detach from the ceiling and was in danger of collapsing. In the interest of both visitor and staff safety, the decision was made to immediately re-route tours to go around the living room.
Each day during the closure, park rangers will provide free tours through part of the grounds near the historic home. For details on these daily programs, inquire at the LBJ Ranch hangar visitor center at 830-644-2396. All other park facilities will be open to the public during this closure. These facilities include the Johnson settlement, President Johnson’s boyhood home, and the park visitor center in Johnson City. The LBJ Ranch driving tour will be unaffected. To tour the ranch, visitors should stop first at the LBJ State Park visitor center to pick up a free vehicle permit and map. The LBJ Ranch hangar visitor center will be open as normal; the hangar features exhibits, artifacts, an award-winning 14-minute film, and a Western National Parks Association sales outlet.
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