Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges
Lee County Courthouse
Lee County was created from portions of Russell, Macon, Chambers and Tallapoosa by act of the Alabama Legislature, approved December 5, 1866. The County’s first election was held January 21, 1867.
An early courthouse stood across the street from the present structure. In 1896, when W. C. Robinson was Probate Judge, erection of today’s courthouse got underway: low bid. $23,000; architect’s fee, $1,000; total bond issue, including jail, $35,000. Last bonds paid off in late 1930’s. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, July 23,1973.
Lee County Probate Judges
David Read, January 21, 1867 - August 10, 1872
Wilson Williams, August 1872 - 1880
James K. Edwards, 1881 - October 20, 1883
Thomas L. Frazer, November 2, 1883 - 1886
William Carlisle Robinson, 1887 - 1898
Frank Monroe Renfro, 1899 - 1904
John B. Lyons, Late 1904 - May 24, 1915
Griffin P. Butler, June 1, 1915 - November 28, 1932
Lum Duke, Late 1932 - January 1935
John T. Frazer, January 15, 1935 - January 25, 1949
Ira H. Weissinger, Sr., November 11, 1950 - January 17, 1977
I. H. (Hal) Smith, January 18, 1977
Erected 1978 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1945.
Location. 32° 38.755′ N, 85° 22.744′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is on South 9th Street south of Avenue A, on the right when traveling south. Marker stands in the yard of the Courthouse to the left of the building's entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 South 9th Street, Opelika AL 36801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Killgore Scholarships / Some Terms of Scholarships (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Avenue Historic District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Railroad Avenue (about 700 feet away); Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emmanuel Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Thompson Chapel (approx. half a mile away); Darden House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelika.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on July 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 26, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.