Copperas Cove Pop. 29,592 alt. 551

General -

With the protection of five surrounding hills, and the abundance of spring water (some of which was said to have a copper taste), the site became a stopping point as drovers brought their herds to the Chisholm Trail. The small town that grew there remained a small farming and ranching community until 1942 when Camp Hood (later, Fort Hood) was established at the eastern edge of town, and Copperas Cove soon became the largest city in Coryell County. Home to Central Texas College.


Topsey Exotic Ranch and Drive Through Park -

Among the 70 species at the park, many roam free, like camels, kangaroos, and llamas. They don't roam free, but there are lions, too, and they all make wonderful photo subjects. Included in the admission price are a petting zoo and pony rides.

Open daily 9 a.m. to dusk; northwest of town via F.M. 1113 west; turn left on F.M. 580 then right on County Road 368. (254) 547-3700. Admission.




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