Historical Local Maps
The Bosque County Collection hosts an amazing compilation of local maps and can be accessed by the link below.
All of the following maps are hosted on the Portal to Texas History
The Puelles Map of 1807
This is one of the very first maps detailing the upper Brazos. Although it is not too accurate, if you zoom in on the Kopperl area you will see a point that says Fuerte Nolan (Fort Nolan). This is referencing Philip Nolan's 1801 fort on the Nolan River. This information must have passed on to Puelles while the members of the Nolan expedition were being held prisoners in Mexico. Click on the map to expand it.
Zebulon Pike's 1810 Map of The Internal Provinces of New Spain
Zebulon Pike met the survivors of the Philip Nolan Expedition in a Spanish prisoners in 1807. It is thought that he acquired Philip Nolan's map of Texas in which he used to create the map below. If you click on the map it will open a link where you can zoom in on the Kopperl area. You will see a note from Pike about the Nolan Expedition. This is one of the earliest maps of the Kopperl area and was drawn before Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821.
David H. Burr 1835 Map of The Texas Spanish Land Grants
If you zoom in on this map you can see the reference to "Whaco Village". This map also shows that the Kopperl area was part of the Austin and Williams land grant which was issued in 1831.
David H. Burr Map of Texas 1835 - Hosted by the David Rumsey Map Collection
Stephen F. Austin 1836 Map of The Texas Land Grants
If you zoom in on this map you can find Nolands river as well as a reference to a "Peak". More on this later, but perhaps this map was used to navigate during the 1841 Santa Fe Expedition. Does this peak reference Bee Mountain?
Stephen F. Austin 1836 Map - Hosted on The Portal to Texas History
Kendall's Map of The 1841 Santa Fe Expedition
This map is perhaps the first that shows a river crossing just above the Nolan river. The Santa Fe Expedition crossed the Brazos River just below the old town of Kimball. This is a great map referencing the Kopperl area.
Kendall's Santa Fe Expedition Map - Hosted by RareMaps.com
Jacob De Cordova's 1853 Map of Texas
This map is the first map that references a settlement in the area of Kopperl. This settlement was called Kent and was established in 1850, but did not survive the year of 1851. Visit the Kent history page for more information.
Jacob De Cordova's 1853 Map of Texas - Hosted by the Library of Congress
Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Maps
The maps below show the route of the Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad. You can see the stop of Kopperl on the route. There are also several other related maps in regards to the railroad. The titles are on the maps.