Blanco County, at 713 square miles, sits west of Austin on some in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Named for the Blanco River which runs through the center, Blanco County stretches north nearly all the way to the Colorado River and southward toward Canyon Lake.
Rural and scenic, the area has a population of almost 10,000 residents who live and work in one of Central Texas’ most breathtaking regions. Known for wildflowers, bluebonnets, lavender and as the home of Lyndon Baines Johnson, America’s 36th President of the United States, Blanco County attracts those who love a natural setting midway between Austin and Fredericksburg.
Aside from schools and county offices, local businesses dominate the list of leading employers in Blanco County. Printing, winemaking, cattle farming, agriculture, paving, metalcraft, and banking employ many residents. Tourism is high with many visitors coming to see the boyhood home of LBJ as well as to take part in the many recreational activities available in this area.
Blanco County established in 1858 with pioneers, cattle ranchers, and Texas Rangers. James H. Callahan, a Texas Ranger, settled along the banks of the Blanco River and was one of the earliest land owners in Blanco County. Today, the Texas Rangers Museum is a historic site visited by many on their way through Central Texas.
Another major draw to Blanco County is the LBJ Ranch, built of limestone in 1894, and dubbed the “Texas White House.” Serving as the first White House outside of Washington DC, the LBJ Ranch continues to attract tourists and is now a designated National Historic Park.