Talking Rock History
Have you ever wondered why so many places in Talking Rock are named Cooper? Well, our wonderful community has a rich history dating back to 1909 when Jack Cooper established the Cooper Ranch, stretching from Williamson Valley to the Verde River, now the place we know as Talking Rock. Jack began a legacy with his successor, daughter Learah Cooper-Morgan, of raising cattle, sheep, and angora goats and environmental land management.
As an early environmentalist Learah observed the devastating effects the loss of native trees and uncontrolled cattle grazing had on ranch lands surrounding her own after she began managing the ranch in 1953. Her ranch management plan set aside sufficient acreage for grazing and she wouldn’t let a green tree be cut down on the rest of the land. These philosophies have allowed Talking Rock to remain a lush haven with stands of juniper and piñon pines, seemingly untouched by the outside world.
Today we honor the Cooper’s not only by using their names throughout the community, but my honoring the way in which our land was treated by dedicating 1,000 of the 3,500 acres of land to be used as open space.