in a Pecan Shell|
Named to honor Moritz Kopperl, director of the Santa Fe Railroad, the town
shares a railroad history with
other Bosque County towns. The history of Kopperl is not unlike hundreds of other
Texas towns whose fortunes rose and fell at the whim of railroads
and cotton prices - but it did have the good
fortune to be the boyhood home of singer/ songwriter Steve Fromholz who used Kopperl
as the backdrop for his song "Texas Trilogy" in 1969.
turn, Fromholz' song inspired author Craig D. Hillis and photographer Bruce F.
Jordon to extend the lyrics into a book using the same title as Fromholz' song.
Texas Trilogy: Life in a Small Texas Town was published by UT Press in
2002. Despite the title, the book includes other towns in Bosque County and serves
not only as a readable history, but also a cultural geography and sociological
study of the entire region. Jordan's photos are suplimented by vintage photographs
and the book should be an excellent model for other Texas towns who want to preserve
their heritage beyond the standard dry text and dull photos of most histories.|
by Steven Fromholz