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KOPPERL, TEXAS

Bosque County, Central Texas North

32 4' 12" N, 97 30' 14" W (32.07, -97.503889)

Near FM 56 - a stone's throw from Lake Whitney
14 Miles NE of Meridian the county seat
NW of Hillsboro & Whitney
40 Miles NW of Waco
ZIP codes 76652
Area code 254
Population: 225 Est. (since 1970s)

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Kopperl TX - abandoned Santa Fe Railroad depot
The abandoned Santa Fe depot in Kopperl
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, 2010 photo

History 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.
In 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.
See Kopperl, Bosque County, Texas by Steven Fromholz

Kopperl TX - Santa Fe Railroad depot
The abandoned Santa Fe depot sign
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, 2010 photo
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Bosque County TX - Cedron Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2019
Cedron Cemetery


TX Bosque County Texas 1920s Map
1920s Bosque County map showing Kopperl
NE of Morgan, & Meridian the county seat
From Texas state map #10749

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Kopperl, Texas Nearby Towns:
Meridian the county seat
Morgan
Hillsboro
Whitney
Waco
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