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County
Coke
Region
Panhandle Plains
Population
2010 Census - 1,049
2000 Census - 1,171
Nearby
Towns
Robert Lee, Texas
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Robert Lee Texas History:
The town was founded by landowners R. E. Cartledge and his father-in-law, L. B. Harris. They named the town for Robert E. Lee. Cartledge and Harris were instrumental in getting the county seat moved from nearby Hayrick to Robert Lee. After Robert Lee won the 1891 county seat election, businesses and residents from Hayrick moved to Robert Lee. The Robert Lee post office was established that same year. 
By 1892, Robert Lee had twenty businesses, including a bank and a weekly newspaper, and approximately 570 residents. Robert Lee incorporated in 1929. Today the town is a commercial and legal center for area ranchers and farmers and the oil industry. Rattlesnake roundups are still popular events. The town is located two miles east of the E.V. Spence Reservoir, adding tourism to its economic base. The town was threatened by a wildfire in April, 2011. Robert Lee is located at the confluence of Mountain Creek and the Colorado River at the intersection of SH 208 and SH 158, 55 miles southwest of Sweetwater, 68 miles southwest of Abilene, 58 miles southwest of Buffalo Gap, 52 miles northwest of Paint Rock, 36 miles northwest of Ballinger, 31 miles north of San Angelo, 59 miles northeast of Mertzon, 35 miles slightly northeast of Sterling City, 68 miles southeast of Snyder, and 44 miles southeast of Colorado City, Texas.  
 
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great war chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email Plains Trail Map
 
Historic Sanco, Texas:
Surviving facilities include the 1888 post office, a school building, a church, and the Hayrick Cemetery whose earliest grave is dated 1823. A Texas Historical Marker is located at the cemetery. The town is located 8 miles northwest of Robert Lee on the Sanco Loop. The cemetery is located four miles from Robert Lee on a caliche road just off SH 158.
 
Coke County AgriLife Extension Office:
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offices are responsible for 4-H and youth programs, agriculture and natural programs, family and consumer science, and community development. They also have hunting information. They manage head start, senior citizen services, home economics, agriculture, and 4-H and other programs. If your tomatoes have blight, contact them. If you need to know something regarding a small town, contact them. (325) 453-2461. 13 East 7th Street, Robert Lee, Texas 76945. Email 
 
Historic Fort Chadbourne, Bronte, TX:
The fort was established by the U.S. Army on October 28, 1852 to protect the western frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail Route. It was manned by the 8th U.S. Infantry. During the American Civil War, the fort surrendered to the Confederates on February 28, 1861. The Fort Chadbourne Foundation received a one million dollar grant from the executors of the estate of Roberta Cole Johnson to build a visitor center. The executors, Charles and Joy Blake, also matched another $125,000 allocation to restore the Butterfield State Stop. The fort site is open daily during daylight hours for self-guided tours of the ruins. Admission is free. The Visitor Center is open Tue-Sat, 8:00 am-5:00pm, or by appointment. The office is closed during meetings and special programs, so call ahead for specific times. (325) 743-2555. (325) 473-5311. 651 Fort Chadbourne Road, Bronte, Texas. Bronte is located at the intersection of U.S. 277 and SH 158, 12 miles east of Robert Lee. Email  Bronte Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Bronte Area Map 
 
Coke County Courthouse, 1956:
The brick courthouse was designed by Wyatt C. Hedrick and Harry Weaver in modern style. The 2010 Coke County census was 3,320. (325) 453-2641.
 
Coke County Jail, 1891, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Successor to county's first one-room jail of rough lumber built about 1891, this building was erected 1907 by Southern Structural Steel Company, San Antonio. Officials who let the contract were P.D. Coulson, county judge; C.M. Barger, S.W. Gaston, T.J. Goss, M.C. Jones, Commissioners. At least seven early sheriffs lived downstairs, acting as jail keepers. The prisoners averaged about four a month, jailed only for short terms for minor law violations. Coke County never has had a felon assessed the death penalty. The gallows on second floor were never used.” The trap door and gallows are still in place. The jail houses the Coke County Museum, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 601 Chadbourne Street.Photos
 
Coke County Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. (325) 453-2495. 706 Austin Street.
 
Coke County Park, Amphitheater and Community Center:
The amphitheater was originally built by Wilson Bryan to stage the ole Coke County Pageant. The restored amphitheater is available for music concerts. The amphitheater is located in Coke County Park on Lake E.V. Spence. (325) 453-2494.
 
Annual Robert Lee Street Affair, 1st Saturday in Oct:
This all day affair features a pancake breakfast at the Lions Club, food and arts & crafts vendors, a cook-off and bake sale, a quilt show, a mariachi band and flamenco performances, a street dance, live music, a historic jail break reenactment, chicken roping, blacksmith demonstrations, a mechanical bull, kid’s entertainment, bluegrass bands, karaoke, the Dang’d Old Car Show, and covered seating.
 
Annual Hunter’s BBQ, 1st Saturday in Nov:
Hunter appreciation dinners are held in Robert Lee, Bronte, Ballinger, Sterling City and Blackwell, Texas. All are held on the first Saturday in November with the exception of Sterling City’s dinner which is held mid-November. Each year the details of the dinners are printed in Robert Lee’s Observer Enterprise Newspaper. Newspaper: (325) 453-2433. Newspaper Email