Johnson City was founded by James Polk Johnson in the 1870s, and supplanted Blanco as the seat of county government in 1890. The town is most famous for its association with President Lyndon B. Johnson, a descendant of the town's founder, who was born near Johnson City in 1908 and who lived in the town from 1913 until 1934.
The commercial center of Johnson City fans out from the intersection of Nugent Avenue and Main Street. The most dramatic building in Johnson City is the Feedmill Restaurant on this corner. This former feed store and grain elevator is an exuberant pile of corrugated-clad forms all painted with eye-twisting M. C. Esher-esque graphics.
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