Copperas Cove

City of Copperas Cove, Texas

City of Copperas Cove, Texas

The downtown area of the City of Copperas Cove, Texas. Photograph by Viceroy Bob.

Copperas Cove, once spelled Coperas Cove, is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and Farm Road 116, twenty-four miles southwest of Gatesville in southern Coryell County. In the 1870s the community centered around a small store about two miles southwest of the present townsite. Late that decade residents of the community applied for a post office under the name Cove, but postal authorities rejected the name because a Texas post office by that name already existed. The name Coperas Cove was then submitted, inspired by the mineral taste of the water in a nearby spring. The Coperas Cove post office was established in March 1879 with Marsden Ogletree as postmaster.

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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Population Counts

Copperas Cove
Pop. Year Source
33,203 2019 Texas Demographic Center
32,032 2010 Texas Demographic Center
29,592 2000 Texas Demographic Center
24,079 1990 Texas Demographic Center
19,469 1980 Texas Demographic Center
10,818 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,567 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,052 1950 Texas Demographic Center
356 1940 Texas Demographic Center
406 1930 Texas Demographic Center
509 1920 Texas Demographic Center