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COPPELL, TEXAS

Dallas County, North Central Texas

U.S. Highway 121, I-35 and I-635
About 23 Miles NW of Dallas
About 29 Miles NE of Fort Worth
In the extreme NW corner of Dallas County into Denton County
Population: 39,063 (2010) 35,958 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Settled in the mid 1800s by James Parish, it wasn't until 1887 that a post office was granted under the name Gibbs Station (after Lt. Gov. Barnett Gibbs). In 1888 the St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway built through the community, giving growth a jump start. It was renamed after British financer George A. Coppell who helped make the railroad a reality.

By 1914, Coppell had a respectable population of 450 served by most essential businesses and wired for telephone service. Coppell suffered from competition from neighboring cities and by 1926 it counted only about 200 residents. This slump continued for years until the construction (WPA) of a park on Grapevine Creek in 1936. This infrastructure lured businesses and population. Coppell remained primarily agricultural through the 40s and into the 50s. The 1960 census reported a population just over 650.

By the 1970s, Coppell's population was spreading into Denton County. In three years (1981 to 1984) it went from just under 2,000 residents to nearly 4,000. Construction of the Dallas/ Ft. Worth Airport caused the population to explode to its current 39,000 level. In the 1990s Coppell continued developing its parks and lakes as well as expanding its library.

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