|Looking north on Gore Orphanage Road as it winds around|
and becomes Darrow Road. Cooper’s Hollow is down below to the right.
Cooper’s Hollow has long been associated with the valley through which today's Cooper Foster Park Road once crossed the Vermilion River, since at one time the Cooper family owned all the land there.
To some, the Cooper’s Hollow name might sound vaguely spooky. It brings to mind other hollows such as the haunted Sleepy Hollow from Washington Irving’s story, or Swift’s Hollow, the setting for the local Gore Orphanage legend.
And Cooper’s Hollow does have a connection to a graveyard – an automobile graveyard, that is.
A quick check through some Vermilion Photojournals from the 1960s reveals that Cooper’s Hollow was a favorite dumping ground for stolen or stripped autos. The Darrow Road/Gore Orphanage Road intersection was ripe for accidents as well.
Here’s a small sampling of news items mentioning Cooper’s Hollow from the pages of the Vermilion Photojournal. Not all of them involve cars.
This editorial is about shooters doing a little illegal target practice in Cooper’s Hollow from the November 11, 1965 Photojournal. It mentions Gobler’s Knob, as being at the top of the cliff overlooking the valley.