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Historical Markers in Robert Lee, Texas

Clickable Map of Coke County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Coke County, TX (33) Mitchell County, TX (30) Nolan County, TX (23) Runnels County, TX (53) Sterling County, TX (7) Tom Green County, TX (92)  CokeCounty(33) Coke County (33)  MitchellCounty(30) Mitchell County (30)  NolanCounty(23) Nolan County (23)  RunnelsCounty(53) Runnels County (53)  SterlingCounty(7) Sterling County (7)  TomGreenCounty(92) Tom Green County (92)
Robert Lee is the county seat for Coke County
Robert Lee is in Coke County
      Coke County (33)  
      Mitchell County (30)  
      Nolan County (23)  
      Runnels County (53)  
      Sterling County (7)  
      Tom Green County (92)  
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1 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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 gin and . . . Map (db m83087) HM
7 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) . . . Map (db m95987) HM
8 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
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9 Texas, Coke County, Robert Lee — 2414 — Hayrick
Hayrick First County Seat of Coke County. 1889–1890 Robert Lee Then Became the County SeatMap (db m82903) HM
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 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
15 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
16 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
17 Texas, Coke County, Robert Lee — 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 nearby, . . . Map (db m96019) HM
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Apr. 24, 2024