Cooper, Iowa

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Cooper
Cooper is located in Iowa
Cooper
Cooper
Coordinates: 41°55′N 94°21′W / 41.917°N 94.350°W / 41.917; -94.350Coordinates: 41°55′N 94°21′W / 41.917°N 94.350°W / 41.917; -94.350
Country United States
State Iowa
County Greene

Cooper is an unincorporated community in Greene County, Iowa, United States.

History[edit]

Cooper was founded in 1881 with the arrival of the railroad, and was named after Des Moines railroad executive F.M. Hubbell's father-in-law, Isaac Cooper. Cooper's population reached a high point of about 250 in 1900.[1]

A fire in 1921 leveled much of Cooper's business district.[1]

The Cooper School District was merged with nearby Jefferson in 1959; the Franklin Township School closed that summer and the junior high school building closed in the 1970s.[1]

In late July, 1980, the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) brought 5,000 cyclists pedaling through town. As the cyclists approached from the west, a cannon was fired and a recording of the 1812 Overture was repeatedly played.[1]

Cooper has became nationally known for two things:

1. In 1981 an international search to adopt the 51st citizen of this small town landed residents on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The publicity which followed generated a crowd of nearly 12,500 for the weekend event.[1]

2. Later years home of the "Iowa Boy" Chuck Offenburger.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Greenecounty Iowa Development". Cooper. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Offenburger.com". Retrieved 2010-12-22. 

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