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By Duane Hall, October 4, 2014
Fort Chadbourne Marker
Texas (Coke County), Blackwell — 1973 — Fort Chadbourne
Established by the United States Army, October 28, 1852, as a protection to frontier settlers against Indians. Named in honor of Lieutenant T.L. Chadbourne,killed at Resaca de la Palma, May 9, 1846. Occupied by Federal troops, 1852-1859; . . . — Map (db m77861) HM
Texas (Coke County), Blackwell — 2637 — Indian Rock Shelters
Throughout this area during the last several centuries, rock ledges gave protection to Lipan, Kickapoo, Comanche, and Kiowa Indians. In one typical shelter archeologists found evidence of 3 periods of occupation, plus numerous intricate petroglyphs . . . — Map (db m77615) HM
Texas (Coke County), Blackwell — 4374 — Route of the Southern Overland Mail Line
One mile southeast to Fort Chadbourne, a station on the Butterfield Mail and Stage Line, which linked St. Louis and San Francisco, 1858-1861. The fort was established in 1852, occupied until its surrender to State forces in 1861, and garrisoned at . . . — Map (db m77943) HM
Texas (Coke County), Blackwell — 4983 — Southern Overland Mail, 1858-1861(Butterfield Stage)
Passed near this site, providing for the first time combined passenger and mail service between Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. Operating west from St. Louis and Memphis, John Butterfield’s company used 1350 horses and mules and 90 Concord coaches and . . . — Map (db m77944) HM
Texas (Coke County), Bronte — 517 — Bronte
Eastern gateway to Permian Basin, in Coke County called Oso and Broncho in early 1880's. Formally named for English novelist Charlotte Bronte, in 1890, incorporated 1907.      Basic agricultural economy, predominately ranching. Site of major oil . . . — Map (db m77860) HM
Texas (Coke County), Bronte — 518 — Bronte Depot
Built by local stonemason James C. Lammers (1874-1942), this depot was completed in 1911, two years after the first train arrived in Bronte. Built of locally quarried materials, the depot features stone lintels and window sills and a red tile roof. . . . — Map (db m12236) HM
Texas (Coke County), Bronte — Bronte Veterans Memorial
(Front Side, Center Panel) Dedicated to the veterans of all wars who freely and courageously joined in the great world-wide conflicts for the preservation of peace freedom and democracy Killed in Action Verdon T. Allen • Joey . . . — Map (db m18739) HM
Texas (Coke County), Bronte — 1618 — First Baptist ChurchOf Bronte
Organized by visiting minister W.G. Green and a congregation of three on June 19, 1887, the Baptist Church in Bronte met in homes. In 1890 a brush arbor was built and the Rev. R.M. Cumbie was called as first pastor. Services were later held in the . . . — Map (db m82380) HM
Texas (Coke County), Bronte — 1749 — First Methodist ChurchOf Bronte
This congregation traces its history to the summer of 1890, when a small group of worshipers led by the Rev. J.W. Montgomery gathered under a brush arbor on East Kickapoo Creek to organize a church. Later that year the Rev. G.F. Fair became the . . . — Map (db m82379) HM
Texas (Coke County), Bronte — 1974 — Fort Chadbourne C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
Fort Chadbourne C.S.A. Located 8 mi. north on old Butterfield Stageline. Upon secession, company of First Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles occupied this post to give protection against Indians. Stopover on way west for many Union . . . — Map (db m82378) HM
Texas (Coke County), Bronte — 4983 — Southern Overland Mail, 1858-1861(Butterfield Stage)
Passed near this site, providing for the first time combined passenger and mail service between Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Operating west from St. Louis and Memphis, John Butterfield’s company used 1,350 horses and mules and 90 Concord coaches and . . . — Map (db m83088) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 741 — Cary Allen Gates(October 4, 1836 - July 27, 1927)
Born near town of Paint Lick, Kentucky. Came to Collin County, Texas, 1858. Joined Confederate army at McKinney, October, 1861, as private in Army of Tennessee.      Served in five divisions. Was in Battle of Chickamauga; hurt at Murfreesboro, . . . — Map (db m95975) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 933 — Coke County
Formed from Tom Green County Created      March 13, 1889 Organized      April 23, 1889 Named in Honor of Richard Coke 1829 - 1896 Governor of Texas      1874-1876 Member of United States Senate 1878 - 1896 County Seat, . . . — Map (db m82995) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 934 — Coke County Jail
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, . . . — Map (db m96020) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 4260 — County Named for Texas Confederate Richard Coke1829 — 1896
Virginia native. Leader Texas secession movement. Joined army, rose to captain 15th Texas Infantry company serving in Louisiana, Arkansas, chiefly Tennessee campaigns. Elected to State Supreme Court 1866, removed by reconstruction military . . . — Map (db m95988) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 1232 — Divide Cemetery
In 1896 the Smith and Chapman families donated 4 acres here for a cemetery and church lot. A sanctuary for all faiths was built on the site the same year to serve the scattered ranches along the divide between the watersheds of the Colorado and . . . — Map (db m95933) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 1390 — EdithOriginal Site One Mile North
Settled by cattlemen who ran herds on open range, and stock-farming homesteaders.      Development began in early 1880's after Winfield Scott, rancher, fenced his spread.      Area had three schools, lodge hall, tabernacle, general store, cotton . . . — Map (db m83087) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 1588 — Fence-Cutting War
This area was a center of hostilities during 1880’s conflict between landless cattlemen trying to keep use of free grass and open range and those erecting barbed wire fences to create permanent ranches. On L.B. Harris Ranch (3 mi. W. of here) posts . . . — Map (db m95987) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 1766 — First Methodist Church of Robert Lee
The Rev. Green Cotton Fields organized this Methodist congregation in January 1891. A one-room frame sanctuary built on this site in 1896 was replaced by a second structure in 1907. This structure was completed in 1928, during the pastorate of the . . . — Map (db m95990) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 2414 — Hayrick
Hayrick First County Seat of Coke County. 1889–1890 Robert Lee Then Became the County Seat — Map (db m82903) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 2415 — Hayrick Lodge 696, A.F.&A.M.
Organized 1890 at Hayrick, first county seat of Coke County. Moved to Robert Lee 1891. This hall was built in 1906 by a contractor, S.C. Wilkins, of concrete blocks mixed and cast by hand.      First story has housed many businesses, U.S. offices. . . . — Map (db m95989) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 12505 — Henry Davis Pearce(June 4, 1845 - December 8, 1911)
Born in Illinois. Came to Texas 1856. Joined Confederate Army in New Orleans, 1861; fought in siege of Vicksburg (1863), in Battle of Mansfield (1864), and at Pleasant Hill, LA., where he was captured. Exchanged at Blair's Landing, he served to end . . . — Map (db m18741) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 2722 — James Franklin Byrd(December 18, 1844 - June 9, 1915)
Born in Kentucky. Joined the Confederate Army at Gonzales, Texas, 1862. Was in Co. F, Willis’ Battalion of Cavalry, Army of Virginia. Fought in battles of Holly Springs, Harrisburg, Fort Pillow and others. Captured, he became prisoner of war on Ship . . . — Map (db m82905) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 3110 — Locklin Bartholomew Murray(June 17, 1849 - April 29, 1923)
Born in Jackson, Miss. Came to Texas with family in early 1860s. Married Susan Lucinda McSpadden (1855-1917), and had 7 children who lived to adulthood. Settled near Sanco, in Yellow Wolf Valley, about 1888, and began ranching.      In 1894 he was . . . — Map (db m95978) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 4671 — Natural Landmark Shelving Rock(8 mi. W. on Private Land)
Archeological findings at an overhanging rock ledge on Walnut Creek show that the spot, midway between the Colorado and North Concho Rivers, was for hundreds of years campsite or village of nomadic Indians who sought the shelter, running water, . . . — Map (db m95932) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 4300 — Robert Lee Cemetery
Established in 1891, two years after the founding of the city of Robert Lee, developers L. B. Harris and Eugene Cartledge, as president and secretary of the Austin & Northern Land & Cattle Company, on Sept. 29, 1892, sold for $1.00 this 11.7-acre . . . — Map (db m18740) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — 4558 — Sanco(Originally Located 1 Mile East)
On site of prehistoric Indian camps, in area where in 1850's Fort Chadbourne soldiers often skirmished with Indians.      One of the first settlements and second pioneer post office (established 1888) in county.      Named for the Comanche Chief . . . — Map (db m82994) HM
Texas (Coke County), Robert Lee — SilverCoke County Cattle, Oil and Gas Center
A pioneer ranching center, settled about 1880. Early land owners included S.M. Conner, W.G. Jameson and W.R. Walker. Dr. J.E. Reed for 50 years was only physician here. R.B. Allen was outstanding civic leader.      Post office, named for peak . . . — Map (db m96019) HM
Texas (Coke County), Silver — 1855 — First Producing Oil WellIn Coke County
Sun Oil Company’s well – No. 1 Allen Jameson – was staked in Sept. 1946 and struck oil Nov. 17.      Intermittent drilling had gone on in Coke County for 30 years, but this discovery began a county-wide oil boom.      Drilled by the . . . — Map (db m83082) HM
Texas (Coke County), Silver — 770 — Old Community of Cedar Hill
The Cedar Hill area, settled by stock-farming homesteaders about 1890, was named for the nearby cedar-covered elevation.      A one-room school built in 1891 was located about 100 yards north of the cemetery, which remains. However, no post office . . . — Map (db m83086) HM
Texas (Coke County), Silver — 4695 — SilverCoke County Cattle, Oil and Gas Center
A pioneer ranching center, settled about 1880. Early land owners included S.M. Conner, W.G. Jameson and W.R. Walker. Dr. J.E. Reed for 50 years was only physician here. R.B. Allen was outstanding civic leader.      Post office, named for peak . . . — Map (db m83081) HM
Texas (Coke County), Tennyson — 5225 — Community of Tennyson
In area roamed by Indians for centuries. Tamed by open-range cattlemen in the late 1870s.      Permanent settlement began in 1880s. A post office, named for British poet Alfred Tennyson, was established in 1894 with Mrs. Sarah E. Kiser as the . . . — Map (db m77617) HM
Texas (Coke County), Tennyson — 3528 — Mule Creek Cemetery(4.5 miles southwest)
Established by pioneers of Mule Creek community, a small frontier settlement founded in 19th century. Said to be named either for (1) an early horse and mule ranch, or (2) a stagecoach mule that died at a creek which runs nearby. The Abilene - Fort . . . — Map (db m77618) HM

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