|Every Town Needs a Trail
Lady Bird Johnson's Quiet Legacy: The City It Shaped and the People It Inspires
by Jen Ohlson
Every Town Needs a Trail celebrates the lore and heritage of Austin’s Town Lake Hike
and Bike Trail that was inspired by the vision and leadership of Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson.
It is the cultural story, a scenic story, an environmental story, and a universal story about
the deep need in all of us to maintain and cherish our nation's open spaces, which in turn,
shape the essence of our very own being.
Since that ground-breaking December day in 1971, when Lady Bird began her quiet legacy
of helping create simple walking paths along the banks of the Colorado River, the Town
Lake Trail has transformed into one of Austin's most beloved resources. It elevates its
residents and visitors alike with its tranquility, inspires with its calmness, and galvanizes
an entire city with its energy and beauty.
Experience the magic of the Town Lake Trail. Share in the wisdom of some of its most
inspirational residents beginning with Lady Bird Johnson and including first hand stories
from President Bush, Willie Nelson, Matthew McConaughey, the late Ann Richards,
Lance Armstrong, UT basketball coach Rick Barnes, Texas Governor Rick Perry and
many more. Enjoy the story about a Trail with an amazing past, a vibrant present and the
hope of a perpetual future. Let Every Town Needs a Trail be your guide along the path of
Austin's crown jewel -- a path to live by and a place to be well.
|"Every Town Needs a Trail celebrates Austin's beloved
trails -- those threads of green -- that elevate our friendships
and tie our eclectic community together."
--Toby Hammett Futrell, Austin City Manager
Every Town Needs a Trail
|Winner of the 2008 National Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Book
Winner of the 2008 Barbara Jordan Media Award for Individual Contribution
Winner of the 2008 National Ben Franklin Award as Best Regional Book