Copperas Cove, Texas can trace its roots to the original land grant that Stephen F. Austin received from Mexico in 1825. In these early years, Copperas Cove was nothing more than a small community based on farming and ranching. But that all changed in 1882 when the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad was constructed nearby. The railroad became the catalyst for a period of growth for Copperas Cove. After the Great Depression, the city experienced another boom in 1942 when Fort Hood was built just nine miles away. To this day, the city’s economic health is still closely connected with the existence of the Fort.
Copperas Cove is the largest city in Coryell County, TX with parts of the city located in both Bell and Lampasas Counties. It is also part of the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. Affectionately known as the “Cove” by the locals, Copperas Cove currently sits on fourteen acres of land with over 30,000 people living within its borders.