Located in central Coke County, the town was established in 1889 by L.S. Harris and R.E. Cartlege, Confederate veterans who named the site for Robert E. Lee. In 1891, the county seat moved from Haywick to Robert Lee, and most of the settlers from the former seat of government moved to the new community.
The old Coke County Jail, built in 1907, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. At 601 Chadbourne. For tours: 325/453-2169.
Recreational activities include facilities at E.V. Spence Reservoir, a mile outside the city. Other activities include the nine-hole Mountain Creek Golf Course, county parks and seasonal hunting. Five birding sites in the area are listed on the Panhandle Plains Wildlife Trail map.
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