a Pecan Shell
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.
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
Coke County Map showing ghost towns not on the map today
Courtesy General Land Office
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