Clarksville is a beautiful region of north-central Tennessee. The estimated population of the city in 2011 was 136,231. Much of the early wealth of Clarksville, the major city in Montgomery County, came from the tobacco market. Clarksville has rolling hills, rivers, and there is abundant recreation in the vicinity. Hunting, fishing and boating are very popular outdoor activities. For attractions and culture, Nashville is within an hour’s drive of most areas in the city.
Clarksville is located in the north-central area of the state, bordering the state of Kentucky to the north. Montgomery County is in the Clarksville metropolitan area. Clarksville is the main city in Montgomery County. Clarksville is the fifth-largest city in the state of Tennessee and is the ninth fastest growing city in the nation, of cities with a population over 100,000. Other towns in the county include: Cunningham, Palmyra, Saint Bethlehem, Southside, and Woodlawn.
Clarksville is the home of Austin Peay State University and The Leaf-Chronicle, the oldest newspaper in Tennessee. Clarksville's neighbor, Fort Campbell is a United States Army base. Site of the 101st Airborne Division. Fort Campbell is located approximately ten miles from downtown Clarksville, balancing on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. It is officially Fort Campbell, Kentucky as the U.S. Post Office is on the Kentucky side of the post. The majority of the acreage of Fort Campbell is within the state of Tennessee.
Clarksville has a total land area of 95.5 square miles of land and 0.7 square miles of water. The elevation is 382 feet (116 m) above sea level. This altitude can be found on a section of Riverside Drive, which runs along the eastern bank of the Cumberland River, but most of the city is higher. Clarksville's civil airport, Outlaw Field, is listed as 550 feet (170 m) AMSL by survey. There is a point on the northern side of Memorial Drive near Medical Court that reaches 598 feet (182 m).
The county is in a region of karst topography, with a cave system named Dunbar Cave. Karst topography is a landscape that has obvious dissolution patterns, which often include underground drainages. Karst land forms are usually the result of (mildly) acidic rain falling on bedrock of soluble limestone or dolostone. The reservoirs include Lake Site Number Three, Cunningham Broadbent Lake, and Lake Taal.
Clarksville is a hardworking and industrious community with below the national average unemployment rates. Clarksville’s location on I-24 makes for a strong industrial community. Companies like American Standard, Trane, Bridgestone Metalpha USA, Akebono Braking Corporation, and Hendrickson Trailer Suspensions Systems employ a large percentage of residents. Fort Campbell is by far the largest employer in the area with both military and civilian workers. The educational field, healthcare, and social services make up one-fifth of the employed percentage. According to government data, the average salary for jobs in Clarksville is $31,093 and the median income of households is $44,384.
The city of Clarksville offers jobs with the state that are often with companies such as:
Housing prices are still very reasonable in Montgomery County. Even in the flourishing city of Clarksville, there are single-family detached homes for under $100,000. There are many options for residential living including established homes in older neighborhoods, subdivisions with new construction, and custom built homes with floor plans to choose from and pre-purchase. The range of home prices in Clarksville is from less than $100,000 to over $1,000,000.
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Additionally, Clarksville is within a 60 minute drive to four major lakes: Barkley Lake, Cheatham Lake, Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest Lake. The area is a nature lover’s paradise, with great opportunities for fishing, hunting, biking, running, and water sports.
The parks in Clarksville include Port Royal State Park, which is the 26 acre site of one of Tennessee’s earliest communities and trading centers. It is an area rich in history that includes part of the route taken by the Cherokee Indians when they were removed from the area, called the Trail of Tears. Other natural areas in the county include Hematite Recreation Area, and Smith Branch Recreation Area.
Sports fans will enjoy the thrills of the Clarksville Speedway Nashville Superspeedway, Tennessee Titans football games, Nashville Predators hockey games, Nashville Sounds baseball games, and Austin Peay State University Sports.
Golfers will enjoy the courses in Clarksville comprised of two public golf courses (the Mason Rudolph Golf Course, which has 9 holes, and the Swan Lake Municipal Golf Course, which is an 18-hole course). Additionally, Eastland Green South is a semi-private golf course, with a total of 27 holes on two courses. The Clarksville Country Club is a private club, with an 18-hole golf course.
Every year, there are many annual festivals and events in the city of Clarksville that take place. These events are made for the friends and families of Clarksville and the surrounding areas.
Clarksville was founded in 1784, and was established as a town in 1785, by the North Carolina Assembly. Tennessee became a state in 1796, and Clarksville was an incorporated town with elected officials in 1819. Clarksville was named after Revolutionary War General, George Rogers Clark. Clarksville was a 19th century tobacco port, and much of its early wealth was due to the tobacco industry
In 1919, First Woman’s Bank opened in Clarksville. It is believed to be the first bank in the United States that was run entirely by women. Seven years later, it merged with First Trust and Savings.
Olympic medalist Wilma Rudolph was born in Clarksville in 1940, the 20th of 22 children! Born prematurely and weighing only 4.5 pounds, Wilma suffered many childhood illnesses, but miraculously went on to attend Tennessee State on a full scholarship. She participated in the summer Olympics in Rome in 1960, and became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals, for the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the 400-meter relay team. She went on to become one of the most celebrated female athletes of all time.
The Downtown Clarksville Architectural Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes several structures from the 1800’s, including churches, the courthouse, the public square, and business warehouses.