Robert Lee

Robert Lee, Texas

Robert Lee, Texas

County Courthouse in the Town of Robert Lee, seat of Coke County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Robert Lee, the county seat of Coke County, is at the junction of State highways 158 and 208 and the confluence of Mountain Creek and the Colorado River, thirty-one miles north of San Angelo in the central part of the county. It was founded by R. E. Cartledge and his father-in-law, L. B. Harris, who owned land at the site, and was named for Robert E. Lee. Cartledge and Harris pushed to move the county seat from nearby Hayrick to Robert Lee, arguing that Hayrick lacked an adequate water supply and was too far from the center of the county. Though at the time Hayrick was much more developed than its neighbor, in 1891 Robert Lee won the county seat election, and most of the Hayrick population moved immediately to Robert Lee. In the same year the post office opened, and by 1892 Robert Lee had a population of 570 and twenty businesses, including a bank and a weekly newspaper , the Coke County Rustler (later the Robert Lee Observer). A rock courthouse was built in 1891 and replaced in 1956. The town was incorporated in 1929.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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  • Latitude
    31.89540430
    Longitude
    -100.48563000

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Population Counts

Robert Lee
Pop. Year Source
1,073 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,049 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,171 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,276 1990 Texas Demographic Center
1,202 1980 Texas Demographic Center
1,119 1970 Texas Demographic Center
975 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,070 1950 Texas Demographic Center
662 1940 Texas Demographic Center
490 1930 Texas Demographic Center
582 1920 Texas Demographic Center
582 1900 Texas Demographic Center