Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove of 500 white pines forms a living memorial to the thirty-sixth President. Inscriptions carved in pink granite, quarried from the Texas hill country where Johnson was born, detail the former President's views on such issues as education, civil rights and the environment.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
©National Park Service
The pink granite for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial
was quarried from Johnson's home state of Texas.

The memorial, which is located in the Lady Bird Johnson Park on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, overlooks the Potomac River and offers a sweeping view of the capital. Tulips, daffodils and other flowers decorate the park.

LBJ, who was a Texas senator and John F. Kennedy's Vice President, took over the presidency when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and served until 1969. He had a down-home, comfortable style with people and was considered a master of compromise. He was the youngest Senatorial Minority and Majority Leader ever.

As President, he instituted several important programs, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Medicare; the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act; The Water Quality, Clean Water Restoration, Clean Air, and Air Quality acts; the Space Program; and the War on Poverty. Despite his successes, Johnson was eventually brought down by his role in the Vietnam War. The memorial includes a recorded address by the President's wife, a picnic area, and a mile of walking trails.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac Information

Address: Turkey
Run Park,
George Washington Memorial Parkway, McLean, VA
Telephone: 703/289-2500
Hours of Operation: Open daily, dawn to dusk
: Free

Learn about these other national memorials:

Cabrillo National MemorialJefferson National Expansion Memorial
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Memorial
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial

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Eric Peterson is a Denver-based author who has contributed to numerous guidebooks about the Western United States.