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COOPER, TEXAS

Delta County Seat, North Central Texas
Highways 24 and 154
24 miles SW of Paris
Population: 2,100 (1990)

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Cooper Texas post office cowboy mural
Cooper's post office mural "Before the Fencing of Delta County" by Lloyd Goff
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007

Cooper, Texas Landmarks / Attractions

History in a Pecan Shell

In 1870 the Texas legislature voted on a bill for the creation of Delta County. One of the sponsors for this bill was L. W. Cooper of Houston and it was Cooper the county seat was named after. The town was granted a post office the following year and Cooper incorporated in 1881. The population in 1885 was 300.

Further growth was enhanced by the construction of the Texas Midland Railroad. By 1896 Cooper had an estimated population of 1,000 with two churches and all the essential businesses a growing town needed including two feed mills, two cotton gins, two blacksmiths and two weekly newspapers. The town also supported an unheard of (even for a county seat) seven general stores. Since the rest of Delta County was made up of smaller towns, Cooper's growth continued for years. Its high-water mark was reached in 1925 when 2,563 people called the town home.

The population predictably declined during the 1930s, grew somewhat after WWII and underwent another decline in the 1980s. It reached 2,349 in the early 50s and went nearly unchanged for the next 20 years (2,258 in 1970).

The former railroad depot is now in use as the Delta County museum.

Cooper Texas Today

Cooper Chronicles
Delta County Courthouse
Cooper, Texas Landmarks/Attractions
Three Photographers' Visits
Cooper, Tx - Closed Shop
Exploring Cooper
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Cooper, Tx - Cooper Lake Dam
Cooper Lake Dam
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Cooper, Tx - Cooper Lake Spillway
Cooper Lake Spillway
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
More Texas Lakes
Cooper, Tx - Courthouse painted wall Mural
Painted mural of the 1900 Delta County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Cooper, Tx - Delta County Museum, formerly Cooper railroad depot
Delta County Museum, former depot
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
More Texas Depots | Texas Museums
Cooper, Tx - Penecostal Church Of God
Penecostal Church Of God
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Cooper, Tx -  Bright And Early Coffee and  tea, painted  wall mural
Bright and Early Coffee and Tea
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Cooper, Tx - Wrigley's Spearmint painted wall mural
Wrigley's Spearmint
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
More Murals
Cooper, Tx - Miller'sPharmacy
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Cooper, TX - Miller's Drugs old neon sign
Miller's Drugs old neon
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
More Texas Signs | Old Neons
Cooper, Tx Closed Bakery
Closed Bakery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Cooper, Tx - Oak Lawn Cemetery
Cooper Oak Lawn Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Cooper Texas cemetery torso
Photo courtesy Justin Parson, 2006
Texas Cemeteries | Texas Monuments & Statues
Cooper Texas iron work
Photo courtesy Justin Parson, 2006
Cooper Texas fire hydrant with vine
Photo courtesy Justin Parson, 2006
"Watch your step"
"Watch Your Step"
Photo courtesy Justin Parson, 2006
Cooper Tx 1936 Delta County Marker
Delta County 1936 Texas Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
See Texas Centennial
Cooper Texas courthouse square
"The roads around the old courthouse square in Cooper are paved with red brick. The current courthouse is actually one block west of the square. This gazebo sits on the foundation of the 1900 courthouse." - Terry Jeanson, June 2007
Cooper Chronicles:
  • The Smith Brothers by Bob Bowman ("All Things Historical")
    Four brothers from Delta County lived with an ordinary name in the mid-1800s, but they were far from ordinary... In 1968, the Texas Historical Commission erected a state historical marker to the Smiths' legacy on a site three and a half miles west of Cooper beside Texas Highway 64.
  • Delta County Courthouses
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