Coke County

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Coke County is named for Robert Coke, who was the fifteenth governor of Texas from 1874 to 1876.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mitchell County and Nolan County

E – Runnels County

S – Tom Green County

W – Sterling County

 

Created:  March 13, 1889                       Map of Texas highlighting Coke County

County Seat: 

Hayrick        1889 – 1890

Robert Lee  1890 – present

 

County Courthouse – Robert Lee

 

Location:  13 East 7th Street / Commerce Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wyatt C Hedrick and Harry Weaver

Contractor:  Suggs Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Robert Lee. The north front has a high rectangular center section with vertical and horizontal dividers. The central entrance is on the first story with glass panel walls on either side. The east and west wings are one story with a recessed second story along the south side of the building. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. 

 

See:  The architect, Wyatt C Hedrick of Fort Worth also designed courthouses in Austin CountyBrazoria CountyComanche County, Kaufman County, Kent County, Motley County, Walker County and Yoakum County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1889 and Hayrick was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built in Hayrick in 1889. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1890. The county seat was moved to Robert Lee in 1890. The second courthouse was designed by Oscar Ruffini and the contractor was Martin, Byrne & Johnston in Robert Lee in 1891. The building was demolished in 1955. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1955 to 1956 at a cost of $300,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Robert Lee

 

 

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Photos taken 2014