INFORMATION COURTESY OF COPPERAS COVE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Ogletree Gap Preserve
Just off U.S. Highway 190 on the west side of Copperas Cove, and now a city park with a full-service pavillion, Ogletree Gap was once the Marston Ogletree Ranch, and eventually became the original townsite. The stone structure in the park served not only as the home of Marston Ogletree and his family, but it was once a stagecoach stop and the city’s first post office.
Located just south of U.S. 190 near the terminus of the South Park jogging trail. Serves as the resting place of several of the town’s founders including Jesse Clements, who donated land for the first school in Copperas Cove.
Mayborn Planetarium & Space Theater
Visit the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater, on the campus of Central Texas College in Killeen Texas, and immerse yourself in a state-of-the-art experience like no other.
Embark on an imaginary journey through time and space. The Minolta star projector and automated suite of laser and special effect projectors accurately simulate astronomical phenomena from throughout the known universe on the 60-foot Planetarium dome. Sky shows are followed by a live star talk, a guided tour of the current evening sky.
Experience a unique and artistic mix of light, color and sound. Laser Light Shows combine eye-popping 3D graphics, pure laser-generated colors, and 15 thousand watts of digitally reproduced sound to bring your favorite music to life. Treat yourself to the most impressive motion picture available. Presented on a dome-shaped screen, more than twice as large as traditional movie screens. Large Format Films transport visitors from the depths of the world’s oceans to the depths of space.
Located off of FM 3046 in SW Copperas Cove. Houses a swimming pool, volleyball courts, soccer fields and a jogging trail.
Old Downtown Copperas Cove
An area of several city blocks with Avenue E and Main Street as its center. The historic downtown area of Copperas Cove since the late 1880s. It became the center of business activity in Copperas Cove with the coming of the railroad. Many of the original buildings still exist.
The Allin House
The Allin House, located at 401 N. Main, was built in 1913 by the first mayor of Copperas Cove, Jouett Allin. This historical landmark provides a great meeting place for weddings, receptions, and showers. It is limited to groups of 25 or less and adult activities. Jouett and Emma Allin built their first home in 1913 after Jouett was elected mayor. They inherited the land from Emma’s mother. The house was among the most prominent homes in Copperas Cove, and still displays four corner fireplaces, as well as a native-stone foundation. In 1953, the house was sold to family and was later purchased by the City in 1986. The Allin House was restored and designated as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1998.
Jouett and Emma Allin had married and settled in Copperas Cove in 1890. In addition to Jouett’s mayoral service, he was a banker, landowner, and involved in several fraternal organizations including local Masonic lodges. Emma Barker Allin was an attorney and school teacher, and was a well known church, civic, and social leader. The Allins are currently interred in the Copperas Cove Municipal Cemetery.
Located on FM 1113 about 2 miles northwest of Old Downtown Copperas Cove, City Park was developed over several years on donated land. A large public swimming pool, several baseball and softball fields, two fishing ponds, an outdoor amphitheater, several shaded picnic areas, two basketball courts, several soccer fields and the Copperas Cove Civic Center are located there.
Santa Fe Parking Lot
Donated to the city by the Santa Fe Railroad, this public parking area was once adjacent to the site of the original Copperas Cove depot. A monument to the city’s pioneer past stands there.
1st Cavalry Association
Located on N. Main Street, this organization coordinates activities and communcations for veterans of the 1st Cavalry Division.
Library/Fire Department Complex
Located near the intersection of S. Main Street and Robertson Ave., these buildings serve as the nerve center of Copperas Cove.
Relocated to 914 South Main Street in 2013.
The City of Copperas Cove is located in southern Coryell County, adjacent to Fort Hood at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and Farm Road 116, twenty-four miles southwest of Gatesville.
From the Handbook of Texas Online (edited for brevity):
Copperas Cove, once spelled Coperas Cove, began in the 1870s as a rural community centered around a small store about two miles southwest of the present townsite. Late that decade residents of the area 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.
A feeder route of the Chisholm Trail passed through Coperas Cove, making the cattle industry of primary importance to the local economy. When the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway built its track across the southern corner of Coryell County in 1882, residents of Coperas Cove moved their community two miles to the northeast in order to take better advantage of the rail service. By 1884 the town had a steam gristmill-cotton gin, five general stores, a hotel, and 150 residents. By the mid-1890s the population had risen to 300, and residents had voted to form their own school district. Although cattle production continued to be important to the local economy, area farmers began to devote more of their resources to the production of cotton, small grains, and feed crops, and by 1900 farming was the dominant occupation.
The spelling of the community’s name was officially changed in 1901; at that time Copperas Cove had an opera house, three hotels, and a variety of businesses. A local private bank opened in 1906. By the time residents elected their first mayor in 1913, the population had grown to 600. The number of residents continued to increase through the 1920s, to a high of 650 in 1929. Copperas Cove began to decline with the onset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. The local bank failed, several businesses closed, and many people left to look for work in other areas. By the 1940s only 356 residents remained.
Copperas Cove received a much-needed boost in the early 1940s, when the United States government chose southeastern Coryell and northwestern Bell counties as the site for Camp Hood, a new military training center. By 1950 when Fort Hood opened, the community had grown to 1,052 residents, and the city limit was extended southwest into Lampasas County. The population was estimated at 4,567 in 1960, at 10,818 in 1970, and at 19,469 in 1980. Most of the new residents were either attracted by the job opportunities associated with Fort Hood or chose to remain in the area after retirement from the military. By 1990 Copperas Cove had several manufacturing establishments, a wide variety of businesses, a hospital, and a population of 24,079.
Copperas Cove boasts some of the best eateries this side of the Brazos. International cuisines offered represent every corner of the globe – from Mexican to Chinese, Szechwan to German, Greek to Italian and (of course!) good old-fashioned chicken fried steak. Nationally known restaurants combine with delicious local finds throughout the area – we’re certain you’ll find what you’re craving!
Here’s a sampling of the delightful eateries in and around Copperas Cove:
- Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 2525 E. Highway 190 Copperas Cove 254-518-3001
- Bella Sera
- Black Meg 43, 1504 E. Hwy 190 Copperas Cove 254-542-2643
- Bush’s Chicken – Cove 2, 112 W Hwy 190 Copperas Cove 254-547-0273
- C & H Hawaiian Grill, 105 East Avenue E Copperas Cove 254-238-8485
- Candy Outfitters, 185 W Hwy 190 Suite 1 Copperas Cove 254-833-3649
- Chick-fil-A Copperas Cove, 202 Robert Griffin III Blvd. Copperas Cove 254-542-1411
- Chick-fil-A at Killeen
- Domino’s Pizza, 2127 E. Hwy. 190, Suite C Copperas Cove 254-547-7566
- Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, 115 W Hwy 190 Copperas Cove 254-518-2227
- Grill Daddy’s, 308 E. Ave. D Copperas Cove 254-577-5228
- Kempner Brick Oven (Eifehaus LLC)
- Lil Tex Restaurant, 502 South Main Street Copperas Cove 254-542-6677
- McDonald’s, 1418 E. Hwy 190 Copperas Cove 254-547-8212
- Nami Japanese Restaurant
- Panda Express, 208 Robert Griffin III Dr. Copperas Cove 254-518-8222
- Pizza Hut
- Schlotzsky’s Deli- Copperas Cove, 80 Cove Terrace Copperas Cove 254-542-1107
- Seoul Garden
- Subway, 128 W. Hwy 190 Copperas Cove 254-542-7827
- Szechuan Chinese Restaurant
- Taqueria El Mexicano Grill #7
- Thai-Filipino Cuisine
- Waffle Cone LLC, 508 Cove Terrace Copperas Cove 254-547-0420
- We Deliver Cove, 254-423-4043
- Wendy’s (Central Texas)
- Whataburger, 3006 East Hwy 190 Copperas Cove
- Wingstop, 3010 E. Hwy 190, #260 Copperas Cove 254-547-9464
- Yaghi’s Pizzeria, 3010 E Hwy 190 Suite 106 Copperas Cove 254-542-5500
Recreation & Entertainment
The Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Dept. runs everything from tee-ball to water aerobics.
Located in the Turkey Creek Activity Center, 1408 Golf Course Road, the center is the site for low-impact aerobics classes and “Tuesday Night Out” adult activities. The department also sponsors an annual NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest. Other activities include a major league soccer camp, a summer track team, a swim team, and softball league play for adults. City sponsored aquatics programs include lessons, senior swim times, and an “aqua trim” water aerobics program. Sports information is available by calling 547-9247. Parks and Recreation events are outlined on an information hotline, 254-554-7271.
Copperas Cove City Park is the gem in the Parks and Recreation crown. Located on FM 1113 (1200 W. Avenue B) west of the downtown area, City Park is home to six ball fields, soccer fields, a sand volleyball court, a pool, two basketball courts, a recreational vehicle park with full hook-ups, several picnic areas, and a fishing pond. Parks and Recreation provides and maintains the fields for the Copperas Cove Youth Recreation Council who runs the baseball and softball programs for youths ages four through eighteen. Registration for softball, open to girls between 9 and 14, starts in February with games beginning in April and running through June. Youth baseball, for children 9 through 14 follows basically the same schedule, as does tee ball for kids 4 though 8, and coach-pitch ball for kids 6 through 8.
There are also many sports and activities offered through the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. Call the YMCA at 254-547-7181 or the Boys and Girls Club at 254-547-5578 for more details.
On any given weekend in Copperas Cove, you will see numerous cyclists and runners who visit Copperas Cove to train for bicycle and foot races on our farm to market and county roads. Cove is in the middle of miles of scenic, well-maintained, traffic-free paved roads.
The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce offers 25 bicycle or running routes ranging in distance from 10 miles to 100 miles, loops that start or end in the Copperas Cove area.
Looking to hit the links in or around Copperas Cove? Check out Golfing in the area on our golf page.
Where community celebrations are concerned, Copperas Cove takes a back seat to no other city. Folks here enjoy quality family entertainment and have created events to make sure the good times roll on throughout the year.
Each spring – on the third weekend in May – the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau presents the Annual Rabbit Fest. Held in City Park, this 4 day festival features a top-quality carnival, dozens of food booths, kiddie land, petting zoo, car show, Wild West shows, and arts and crafts vendors. There is also live entertainment throughout the fest on an open-air stage. Visit Rabbit Fest Online at www.rabbitfest.com.
In the fall is the Gallop or Trot at the Gap, a 5K, chip-timed race sponsored by Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce. The route takes racers through the city park and the gentle rolling hills in Copperas Cove’s residential area.
But wait — we have more! Close out the fall season with this community favorite: Hold on to your souls as you travel past ghosts, demons, witches and who knows what else … in the creepy backdrop of Ogletree Gap Park, ride on a hay filled trailer through thrills and chills. Experience all the excitement of the Annual Spook Spectacular.
Finishing up the year in style is the Copperas Cove Downtown Association’s annual Krist Kindl Markt holiday bazaar. The association opens the downtown area to dozens of vendor booths that offer visitors a wide variety of gift ideas and a plethora of seasonal food items in an outdoor setting. The bazaar runs Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday on the first full weekend of December. Saturday is highlighted by the annual Chamber of Commerce Children’s Christmas Parade, marking the first official appearance of Santa Claus in the Copperas Cove area.
Hills of Cove Golf Course
Our PGA Pro, Davis Dewald. heads up the activities at the Hills of Cove Municipal Golf course, the city’s ever-improving 18-hole course, featuring a pro-shop, full-service restaurant, and a very challenging back nine-hole area. A lighted driving range lets golfers keep their swings.
Mike Chandler, Golf Course Manager
1408 Golf Course Rd. Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Tel: (254) 547-2606
Hours of Operation: Mon – Sun Dark to Dark
Hills of Cove Golf Course is an 18-hole facility owned and operated by the City of Copperas Cove. The original 9 was built in 1972 and was recently expanded to 18 holes with an additional 9 holes that wind their way through the rolling terrain of Northeast Copperas Cove. The course is a par 71 with 5 scenic and challenging par 3’s with the shortest being 130 yards and the longest able to play 230 yards.
Hills of Cove is open 7 days a week and tee times are accepted. Golfers can make tee times up to 7 days ahead by calling 254-547-2606. With the expansion to 18 holes, the facilities and services were upgraded as well. Hills of Cove offers a teaching professional, a full service pro shop, lighted driving range, snack bar, and a fleet of 40 carts.
So, whether you want to play a quiet round of golf with friends, have a great lunch, or set up a tournament, Hills of Cove Golf Course can take care of your needs.
Junior Golf Academy
The Hills of Cove Junior Golf Academy helps juniors experience a game of a lifetime. The Academy features instruction in all phases of the game of golf. The Junior School focuses on the entry level to the avid junior player, helping juniors develop as golfers and individuals while stressing the importance of honesty, integrity, etiquette, history and excitement that is the game of golf.
Camps include instruction of full swing, short swing, putting and chipping, rules and etiquette.
Copperas Cove has plenty to offer shoppers throughout the city. Merchants who tend the many locally-owned businesses give shopping a friendly atmosphere.
A wide variety of retail establishments and specialty shops offer products to meet everyday needs as well as gift-giving occasions.
The Kris-Kindl Markt, held annually in December, heralds the Holiday Season with a treasure-trove of gifts. Rabbit Fest, held annually in May brings over 75 artisans to City Park boasting a variety of wares.