Welcome to Clarksville–Gateway to Texas

Welcome to Clarksville! Founded in 1833, we are a visitor friendly city rich in the history of Texas where the Old South merges with the Wild West. Many of the downtown streets around the City Square are still brick paved. Old Southern homes scattered around town sit in the shade of giant Oak, Bois d’arc and Pecan trees.

The area is known as the Gateway to Texas as both settlers and visitors entered Texas here after crossing the Red River from Arkansas, Louisiana, or Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Many famous pioneers of Texas came through what became Red River County and the Clarksville area on their way to found a republic and then a state, including Sam Houston and Davy Crockett.

Our very active historical society has restored a number of historic homes and buildings including The Red River County Courthouse. The Old Jail (which houses the Old Jail Museum), The Colonel Charles DeMorse (Father of Texas Journalism) House, Lennox Family Home and Mrs. Belle’s Boarding House (which houses the Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame).

Clarksville is one of the few county seats in Texas which has never experienced a major fire that destroyed any of its three courthouses. As a result the current courthouse, built in 1884/85 contains the records from the beginning of the Republic until today. A great place for genealogical research.

Red River County is the Northeastern boundary of the Piney Woods area of Texas. A center for great hunting, including deer, wild turkey, dove & wild hogs. Clarksville is the Eastern Capital for Wild Turkey. The Chamber of Commerce holds a Hog Wild Hog Hunt each Spring. In the Fall tourist and photographers come from far and wide for the scenery as the hardwoods burst into color.

Clarksville is a great place to visit or live. Come to see our historic buildings and participate in the many area events (watch our calendar for details). Stay to experience friendly east Texas living.

Music on Main

Music on Main is the first Saturday of every month in Clarksville, Texas. Presenting a verity of live entertainment from Gospel to Rock, Country to Jazz and everything in between. On any month you might be treated to local artists, … Continue reading

Featured Business–Square Corner Artworks

The full working gallery of Larry Algaier Painter, sculptor, potter Visit his website at www.squarecornerart.com Square Corner Artworks is located on the historic square in Clarksville, Texas. Square Corner Artworks is Larry’s full working studio and showroom. He bought the … Continue reading

Christmas Parade 2010

The Clarksville 2010 Christmas parade was a resounding success. Decorated floats, classic cars and trucks, great performances by the school marching bands, and of course, an appearance by Santa Claus himself! Here’s a few pictures!

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