In late 1879, the coffin-making company was established in El Paso, Texas. Once American settlers stayed for good after the Mexican Cession in 1848, the state began to overcrowd. The introduction of Southern Pacific railroads in 1881 also created a population boom. Due to the quickly growing society, there needed to be a way of disposing the dead. Thus, Crates for Corpses began, thanks to original owner Joseph Cook.