Plaque Marks Spot LBJ Became President at Dallas Love Field

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DALLAS -- These days, when we hear LBJ, we associate it with I-635 and the billion dollar overhaul that's snarled traffic for as long as we can remember. But Lyndon Baines Johnson was actually a larger-than-life figure. And not just because he was a Texan. He took on civil rights, the war on poverty, and the Vietnam War.

But it's how LBJ became our 36th president that sets him apart in history. He took the oath of office at Love Field, less than two hours after John F. Kennedy was assassinated here in Dallas.

And now Love Field is marking the spot.

Early Thursday morning, a 43-pound bronze marker was cemented into the tarmac right where Johnson was sworn in on Air Force One back in '63.

"Establishing a footprint of where that place was to make sure it's never forgotten for future generations was an important thing to do for Dallas and for the world,” Farris Rookstool III said.

The plaque was paid for by historian Farris Rookstool III and features a chronological list of the tragic events on November 22nd.

A light will be installed at the exact spot on an active runway where the swearing in took place. You can see the plaque from a second-floor window in the terminal. But if you want better view, Rookstool paid for that too.

"People will be able to read duplicate marker here in the Love Landing area, and also be able to see where the spot of the actual marker is out there on the cement,” Rookstool said.

More than 50 years since he took office, it seems like the spotlight is back on LBJ.HBO just announced a biopic, starring Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," whose transformation is almost too real.

From plaques to films to freeways, looks like LBJ's legacy will live on.

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