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ROBERT LEE, TEXAS

Coke County Seat, Texas Panhandle / West Texas

State Highways 208 and 158
On the Colorado River
31 miles N of San Angelo
36 miles NW of Ballinger
44 miles SE of Colorado City
Population: 1,052 (2010) 1,171 (2000)

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Former Coke county jail, Robert Lee Texas
1907 Former Coke County Jail - Coke County Museum
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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Robert Lee Topics of Interest:

History in a Pecan Shell
Coke County Courthouse
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Coke County Museum - Former Coke County Jail
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Robert Lee Landmarks / Attractions Photo Gallery
Coke County - Towns & Ghost Towns next page
Lake E.V. Spence

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History in a Pecan Shell

R. E. Cartledge and L. B. Harris are credited with being town founders, using their land to form the new town and name it after the Confederate general. Harris and Cartledge had planned to wrest the county seat status from Hayrick, and they succeeded in an election held in 1891.

The population of
Hayrick gave Robert Lee its first boost. Robert Lee’s post office opened that year and a new courthouse was constructed. The population stood at 750.

Robert Lee incorporated in 1929. Throughout the years the town has thankfully escaped fire and tornadoes and the residents enjoyed the tranquility. The population remained under 1,000 residents until the early 1950s. A new high of 1,391 was reached in the late 1980s.

Robert Lee, Texas Landmarks / Attractions:

Coke County Courthouse , Robert Lee Texas
Coke County Courthouse
Photos courtesy Terry Jeanson, August 2006
Robert Lee Tx First Methodist Church
First Methodist Church
Photo court
esy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Robert Lee Tx First Methodist Church historical marker
Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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Robert Lee Tx - Closed Bank
Bank closed.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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Robert Lee Tx Boot Shop
Boot repair
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Robert Lee Tx Bright And Early Sign
Bright and Early Coffee and Tea
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Robert Lee Tx Key Feed Ghost Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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Robert Lee Tx Flower Shop
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Robert LeeT x Cemetery
Robert Lee Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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“When Robert Lee Gets a New Railroad"
A letter from Ruth Elliott Sellers:
My mother and her family lived in Robert Lee when she was a teenager. As teenagers do, she picked up songs of that era. “When Robert Lee Gets a New Railroad" was written about the time that the towns of Robert Lee and Bronte vied over who would get the railroad. (The Kansas City, Mexico and Orient - later bought by what is now the Sante Fe.) Robert Lee lost and the railway was completed to Bronte in 1907... more
Robert Lee Tx City Limit Sign
Robert Lee City Limit
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Map - Coke County Texas 1920
Coke County 1920s Map showing ghost towns not on the map today
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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