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Göppingen
Stiftskirche
Stiftskirche
Coat of arms of Göppingen
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Göppingen (district)
Elevation
323 m (1,060 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)
 • Total 57,813
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
73033–73037, 73116 (Krettenhof)
Dialling codes 07161, 07165, 07163
Vehicle registration GP
Website www.Goeppingen.de

Göppingen is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In 2005, there were 57,771 people living in Göppingen. It is at the bottom of the 684 m (2,244 ft) high "Kaiserberg", or "Emperors' Mountain".

History

The first settlement at Göppingen was in the Hallstatt period, 800-480 BC. A Roman settlement from about 250 BC was found near the present day Oberhofen Church. An Alemannic prince by the name of "Geppo", is believed to have started the town after the sometime in the 3rd or 4th century. The town is named after him.

A fire on August 25 1782 destroyed most of the town, but it was immediately rebuilt. During the 1800s, many factories were built in the area. Companies such as Märklin and Schuler are still based in the town.

Cooke Barracks

In 1930, an air field was built north of Göppingen. This was taken over by the Luftwaffe in 1935 and was called the Fliegerhorst Kaserne (barracks). From 1945 to 1949, displaced persons and refugees were housed in the buildings. In 1949, it was renamed Cooke Barracks, after Charles H. Cooke, Jr., who been killed in action and given the Silver Star and Soldier's Medal for bravery.

In late 1950, the 7th Army had been reformed in Stuttgart and U.S. Army units began to be stationed at Cooke Barracks. The barracks were made bigger for the 28th Infantry Division headquarters. The 28th Infantry was renamed as the 9th Infantry Division (United States) in 1954 and was replaced by the 8th Infantry Division in 1956. They were then replaced by the 4th Armored Division in 1957, which was renamed as the 1st Armored Division in 1971 and moved to Hindenburg Kaserne in Ansbach in 1972. The 1st Infantry Division moved from Augsburg in 1972 until 1991.

Cooke Barracks were given back to the German government in 1992. The barracks were again used to house refugees for some time, then returned to civilian use.

Sport

Frisch Auf! Göppingen currently plays in the German first handball-division (Handball-Bundesliga).

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