Clarksville, Texas

Clarksville, Texas

Broadway Street in Clarksville, Texas. Photography by Michael Barera.

Clarksville, the county seat of Red River County, is at the junction of U.S. Highway 82, State Highway 37, and Farm roads 114, 412, 909, 910, and 1159, fifty-eight miles northwest of Texarkana near the center of the county. It was established by James Clark, who in 1833 moved to the area and laid out a townsite. Isaac Smathers is supposed to have built one of the first houses, a building that later became the home of Charles DeMorse. With the organization of Red River County in 1835, Clarksville defeated La Grange (later Madras) as the county seat. The town was incorporated by an act of the Texas Congress in 1837, and within a few years it became an educational and agricultural center. Clarksville Female Academy was founded in 1840 on Pine Creek and in 1844 moved to Clarksville; McKenzie College, four miles from Clarksville, opened in 1841; and the following year DeMorse began publication of the Clarksville Northern Standard. A post office opened in 1846, and in 1848 semiweekly mail service was instituted between Clarksville and Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
3,015 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,285 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,883 2000 Texas Demographic Center
4,311 1990 Texas Demographic Center
4,917 1980 Texas Demographic Center
3,346 1970 Texas Demographic Center
3,851 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,353 1950 Texas Demographic Center
4,095 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,952 1930 Texas Demographic Center
3,386 1920 Texas Demographic Center
2,065 1910 Texas Demographic Center
2,069 1900 Texas Demographic Center
1,588 1890 Texas Demographic Center
400 1858 Texas Demographic Center
700 1850 Texas Demographic Center