The City of Clarksville, a Texas Main Street City, is the county seat of Red River County, in Upper East Texas. It lies 60 miles west of Texarkana, 40 miles north of Mount Vernon and 30 miles east of Paris. The State of Oklahoma is located to the north, across the Red River.
Clarksville was established by James Clark, who moved to the area in 1833 and laid out the town site. When Red River County was organized in 1835, Clarksville was chosen as the county seat.
Clarksville and Red River County are older than the State of Texas. Once known as the Red River District, the area represented all or part of 39 present-day Texas counties.
The downtown square in Clarksville is a gathering place for numerous social events and festivals. These events include
The Red River County Chamber of Commerce, located on the square, houses the Hall of Fame, and the Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Miss Belle’s House on Walnut Street.
Within walking distance of the square you will find numerous historic sites, all with historic markers. The renovated Red River County Courthouse, built in 1885, is of particular architectural significance and interest.
The Martha Lennox Nature Preserve, 10 miles north of Clarksville on TX Highway 37, takes visitors through a number of habitats. The Langford Lake Nature Trail at the City Lake is also a popular destination for nature lovers.
If golf is your sport you might want to sign up for Friends of Clarksville Main Street Golf Tournament in May at the Clarksville County Club.
Clarksville Website Resources
Red River County Chamber of Commerce
Clarksville Economic Development Corporation
Clarksville Independent School District
|In 2020, Clarksville had a population of 2,857|
Red River County Court House in the City of Clarksville in Upper East Texas
The Clarksville Chamber of Commerce is located on the town square downtown
While visiting the Clarksville and Red River County area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions: