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Coke County Museum -
Former Coke County Jail
Robert Lee, Texas

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Robert Lee Tx - Former Coke County Jail
Former Coke County Jail in Robert Lee, Texas
Photo coutesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Historical Marker Text

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 jailkeepers. 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 were never used.

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Robert Lee Tx - Former Coke County Jail Marker
Coke County Jail historical marker
Photo coutesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Robert Lee Tx - Coke County Jail
Another view of the former Coke County Jail in Robert Lee, Texas
Photo coutesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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