TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Red River County TX
Red River County


Texas Towns
A - Z

Txas Trips
Texas Trips

Hotels

 


CLARKSVILLE, TEXAS

Red River County Seat, East Texas

33°36'40"N 95°3'9"W (33.611086, -95.052448)

US 82 and Hwy 37
31 miles E of Paris
39 miles N of Mount Vernon
58 miles W of Texarkana
ZIP code 75426
Area code 903
Population: 3,072 Est. (2019)
3,285 (2010) 3,883 (2000) 4,311 (1990)

Clarksville Area Hotels:
Paris Hotels | Mount Vernon Hotels

 Clarksville Texas - Red River  County Courthouse tower
Red River County Courthouse Clock Tower
1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT

Clarksville

By Robin Jett

I visit Clarksville quite often, since my Grandmother used to run the store and post office in the tiny Red River County settlement of Acworth, which is where my parents live now. I've always loved Clarksville's Old South look - kind of dilapidated but dignified. Most of the downtown streets are still paved with brick, and weathered old houses sit in the shade of giant oak and cedar trees.

Clarksville is actually one of the oldest cities in Texas. It came into being in 1837, but was already an established settlement in the 1820s. However, because of confusing boundary lines carved out of the Louisiana Purchase, surveyors placed it in Miller County, Arkansas. After independence, the U.S. government ceded the area to the Texas Republic. Seems only fair, since Red River County citizen Albert Latimer was one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Another influential figure to come out of Clarksville was Charles DeMorse. He began publishing The Northern Standard, one of the Republic's first newspapers, in 1842. A true confederate, he changed the name of the paper to simply The Standard when he believed the Union got too pushy.

Clarksville also has the distinction of being one of the only towns in the state that never suffered through a fire. Consequently, the courthouse contains records from the beginning of the Republic until today. The county clerk's office is always teeming with genealogy folks looking for clues - including those studying their African American roots. Names of the slaves that lived in the county from the earliest times can be found in old probate records.

Clarksville Texas Hiking Bridge, Jail and Courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
Red River County Courthouse and Jail

Clarksville Today

Although it's loaded with all this history, Clarksville doesn't have much to offer for travelers, but hopefully that'll change soon. Rebecca Hale of the Red River County Historical Society says that they plan to open several museums. Right now, all they have is a small, private museum above an antique shop that isn't always open, and an old drug store that they converted into a tourism information center. They've already received two grants: one to restore the old courthouse, the other to create a museum out of the antebellum Charles DeMorse house. In early 2003, they cleaned up downtown when Anita Perry visited to officially designate Clarksville a "Texas Main Street City." I recommend a visit to Clarksville to any serious Texas history buff - or practically anyone who likes to look at towns and muse "what used to be, what could've been, what will happen now." It's a fine old town with a slow southern pace that'll make anyone feel right at home.

© Robin Jett, July 2003



Clarksville, Texas
Landmarks & Attractionts


DeMorse Home in Clarksville, Texas
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Home of Colonel Charles DeMorse

Clarksville Tx Red River County Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
Red River County Jail and Courthouse

Page's Tree - Clarksville, Texas hanging tree
Page's Tree
Photo courtesy Robin Jett, 2003

Page's Tree - Clarksville Texas hanging tree plaque in city cemetery
Page's Tree - Clarksville's old hanging tree inside the city cemetery.
Photo courtesy Robin Jett, 2003
More Texas Historic Trees | Texas Cemeteries

Clarksville Texas Church
Church in Clarksville
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2004
More Texas Churches

Corner building with cupola, Clarksville Tx
Cupola on the corner
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006

Clarksville Texas former gas  station
Former gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
More Texas Gas Stations

Confederate monument  in Clarksville Texas
Confederate monument in Clarksville
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
More Texas Monuments & Statues

Coca Cola Ghost Sign Clarksville Tx
Coca Cola Ghost Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
More Texas Ghost Signs


Clarksville Vintage Photos

Clarksville, Texas. Home of Long Staple Cotton
Clarksville, Texas. Home of Long Staple Cotton
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

Clarksville, Texas. Home of Long Staple Cotton
Clarksville, Texas. Home of Long Staple Cotton
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
More Texas Cotton

Clarksville, Texas - Corley Drug Store interior view
Interior view of the Corley Drug Store in Clarksville
Click on image to enlarge
Postcard courtesy Dan Whatley Collection
More Texas Stores

Clarksville, Texas - M. E. Church South
Clarksville M. E. Church South
Click on image to enlarge

Postcard courtesy Dan Whatley Collection

Clarksville, Texas - High School
Clarksville High School
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
More Texas Schoolhouses

Clarksville, Texas - Red River National Bank
Clarksville Red River National Bank
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
More Texas Banks



People

  • Colonel Charles DeMorse and The Standard by Bob Bowman
    Anyone who has read a history of Texas in the 1800s will find many references to the Clarksville Standard, which DeMorse founded as the Northern Standard in 1842. It was one of Texas' foremost newspapers, largely because DeMorse not only recorded Texas history; he was one of the principal makers of it.

  • An Orphan’s Gift by Bob Bowman
    "Standing atop Mount Locke in the Big Bend area, McDonald Observatory is far removed from East Texas, but without the interest and generosity of an orphaned Confederate soldier from Clarksville, the world-famous astronomy center might not exist today. William McDonald ..."



  • Robin Jett publishes Red River Historian, a newsletter about the history of the Red River Valley - both Texas and Oklahoma. She can be reached at robin@redriverhistorian.com


    Clarksville Tourist Information
    Clarksville Chamber of Commerce
    - 903-427-2645
    Clarksville, Texas water tower TE Photo



    Red River County Towns
    County Seat - Clarksville
    Book Hotel Here - Paris Hotels | More Hotels

    Acworth
    Addielou
    Albion
    Annona
    Avery
    Bagwell
    Bluff
    Bogata
    Boxelder
    Cherry
    Clarksville county seat
    Cuthand
    Detroit
    Dimple
    English
    Fulbright
    Johntown
    Jonesboro ghost town
    Kanawha
    Kiomatia ghost town
    Lone Star
    Lydia
    Madras
    Negley
    Old Dimple
    Rosalie ghost town
    Rugby
    Savannah ghost town
    Scrap ghost town
    Shadowland
    Vessey ghost town
    Watson ghost town
    White Rock

    Contiguous Counties:
    McCurtain County, Oklahoma (N)
    Bowie County (E) Morris County (SE)
    Titus County (S) Franklin County (SW)
    Delta County (SW) Lamar County (W)
    Choctaw County, Oklahoma (NW)


    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and recent or vintage photos, please contact us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
    Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
    South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

    Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
    TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
    Texas Counties
    Texas Towns A-Z
    Texas Ghost Towns

    TEXAS REGIONS:
    Central Texas North
    Central Texas South
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Panhandle
    Texas Hill Country
    East Texas
    South Texas
    West Texas

    Courthouses
    Jails
    Churches
    Schoolhouses
    Bridges
    Theaters
    Depots
    Rooms with a Past
    Monuments
    Statues

    Gas Stations
    Post Offices
    Museums
    Water Towers
    Grain Elevators
    Lodges
    Stores
    Banks

    Vintage Photos
    Historic Trees
    Cemeteries
    Old Neon
    Ghost Signs
    Signs
    Murals
    Gargoyles
    Pitted Dates
    Cornerstones
    Then & Now

    Columns: History/Opinion
    Texas History
    Small Town Sagas
    Black History
    WWII
    Texas Centennial
    Ghosts
    People
    Animals
    Food
    Music
    Art

    Books
    Texas Railroads

    Texas Trips
    Texas Drives
    Texas State Parks
    Texas Rivers
    Texas Lakes
    Texas Forts
    Texas Trails
    Texas Maps
    USA
    MEXICO
    HOTELS

    Site Map
    About Us
    Privacy Statement
    Disclaimer
    Contributors
    Staff
    Contact Us

     
    Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved