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Coopertown, Tennessee
"Looking to the Future; Cherishing the Past"
Location of Coopertown in Robertson County, Tennessee.
Location of Coopertown in Robertson County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Robertson
Incorporated 1996
 • Type Mayor/Alderman
 • Total 31.58 sq mi (81.78 km2)
 • Land 31.58 sq mi (81.78 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
725 ft (221 m)
 • Total 4,278
 • Estimate 
 • Density 145.23/sq mi (56.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip code
37146 & 37172
FIPS code 47-16980
GNIS feature ID 1306100
Website Official Website:

Coopertown is a town in Robertson County, Tennessee. A self-described "bedroom community," it had a population of 4,278 at the 2010 census.


The tribal identities of the 16th and 17th century Native American occupants of present-day Tennessee are disputed. In later years, the part of Middle Tennessee that was to become the Coopertown community was claimed as territorial hunting grounds by both the Cherokee and the Chickasaw. That area was at the southern edge of what became known as the Transylvania Purchase, land purchased in 1775 from the Cherokee by Richard Henderson, a North Carolina land speculator seeking to establish a 14th colony.

Although Transylvania, the proposed 14th colony, was never recognized, the area was settled by immigrants in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

David Naive settled there in 1825, and the area became known as Naive’s Crossroads. During subsequent years, the county's involvement in the production of barrels and whiskey led to the establishment of one or more cooper shops in the community, making barrels for the nearby Red River mills. The presence of coopers led to the community's present name.

Coopertown was officially incorporated in 1996, a decision taken by the citizens of the community in response to a proposal to locate a landfill in the community.

Reputation as a speed trap

In January 2006, Coopertown was called "one of the more blatant examples of speed traps" in the country by a spokesperson for the National Motorists Association (NMA). The town's mayor, Danny Crosby, defended the increased enforcement of lowered speed limits, citing the need to combat speeders using Highway 49 as a shortcut between I-24 and I-65.

A complaint and writ of ouster filed by the State of Tennessee on June 27, 2006 noted that comment from the NMA. That complaint seeks to remove Crosby from office, due to acts of willful misconduct related to the speed traps, as well as other abuses of power.

The trial court dismissed the petition, reinstated Crosby as mayor of the City of Coopertown, and awarded Crosby his discretionary costs. An appeal was heard September 7, 2007.

In January 2008, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that even though "the trial court accurately characterized conduct attributable to Crosby as 'bigotry, sexism, or utter foolishness'", the plaintiff failed to prove by "clear and convincing evidence" that Crosby "knowingly or willfully" committed the type of misconduct essential to establish the requisite statutory grounds to remove a public official from office.


Coopertown is located at (36.400186, -86.956462).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.9 square miles (83 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 3,027
2010 4,278 41.3%
2019 (est.) 4,586 7.2%

2020 census

Coopertown racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,869 86.36%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 139 3.1%
Native American 15 0.33%
Asian 25 0.56%
Pacific Islander 5 0.11%
Other/Mixed 215 4.8%
Hispanic or Latino 212 4.73%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,480 people, 1,614 households, and 1,334 families residing in the town.

Notable people

  • Bert James, baseball player.

See also

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