The earliest accepted date for the founding of Clarksville is 1817. The 1870's and 1880's were Clarksville's heydays. The population grew from 300 in 1850 to 1,152 in 1870 and 1,493 in 1880. The current population is 422 according to the 2010 census.
Most of Clarksville's economic history can now best be seen in the houses its entrepreneurs left behind. "The Clarksville Historic District" became a reality when the area was placed on the National register of Historic Places on May 9, 1991. You can see the documentation for this posted on the interior east wall of the City Hall at 111 Howard Street.
A "Walking Tour of Historic Clarksville" brochure can be obtained at the Clarksville Visitor Center located at Highway 79 and Mississippi Street. You can stroll by the river and walk up the hills to view these homes, or you can chose to drive through the town picking out these residences built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Some of the residences you will see include the Daniel Douglass House, the Clifford-Wireck House, the Duvall House and the John L. Luke House. The photos included here give just a small sampling of the homes included in the walking tour booklet.