Cooper

City of Cooper, Texas

City of Cooper, Texas

Gazebo in the downtown squre of the City of Cooper. Cooper is also the seat of Delta County. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Cooper, the county seat of Delta County, is at the junction of State highways 24 and 154, some twenty-four miles southwest of Paris in the south central portion of the county. It was founded in 1870 and named for L. W. Cooper of Houston, one of the sponsors of the bill to organize the county in 1870. A post office was established there in 1871, and the town was incorporated with aldermanic government in 1881. Cooper quickly emerged as the market center for the new county and by 1885 reported 300 residents. The construction of the Texas Midland Railroad further spurred the town's growth. In 1896 Cooper comprised 1,000 residents, two churches, and a school, as well as a bank, a shoemaker, a hotel, a grocery store, a wagonmaker, two blacksmith shops, two feed mills, two steam cotton gins and corn mills, two weekly newspapers (the Delta Courier and the People's Cause), three drugstores, and seven general stores. Cooper continued to grow rapidly during the early 1900s. Its population reached a reported high of 2,563 by 1925, thereafter remaining fairly stable. It declined slightly during the 1930s, grew during the 1950s, and declined again in the 1980s. In 1970 Cooper reported sixty businesses, including seed-cleaning plants and some thirty-eight dairies. The city's population was 2,349 in the early 1950s and 2,258 in 1970. Cooper in the early 1990s was a commercial and shipping center for the surrounding agricultural region. In 1991 the incorporated town reported seventy businesses and a population of 2,197. In 2000 the population was 2,150.

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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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Cooper is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Yates Prairie)

Locations

  • Latitude
    33.37174110
    Longitude
    -95.69101400

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Yes

Is Incorporated

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Population Counts

Cooper
Pop. Year Source
1,967 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,969 2010 Texas Demographic Center
2,150 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,153 1990 Texas Demographic Center
2,338 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,258 1970 Texas Demographic Center
2,213 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,350 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,537 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,023 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,563 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,513 1910 Texas Demographic Center
629 1900 Texas Demographic Center