Robert Lee in Coke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
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, 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 was never used.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 934.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 31° 53.57′ N, 100° 29.278′ W. Marker is in Robert Lee, Texas, in Coke County. Marker is at the intersection of Chadbourne Street and W. 6th Street, on the right when traveling south on Chadbourne Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Robert Lee TX 76945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerSilver (here, next to this marker); Hayrick Lodge 696, A.F.&A.M. (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); County Named for Texas Confederate Richard Coke (about 600 feet away); Fence-Cutting War (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Methodist Church of Robert Lee (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert Lee Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henry Davis Pearce (approx. 0.9 miles away); Locklin Bartholomew Murray (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Robert Lee.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.