Commercial center and seat of Red River County, one of the original
Texas counties; created 1836 and organized in 1837. From its original
area all or part of 38 other counties were created. City founded
in 1834 by Capt. James Clark. Sam Houston Park on F.M. 410 in
northern part of county has markers commemorating grave of Jane
Chandler Gill, oldest known Anglo grave in Texas, the site of
Sam Houston's entry into Texas, and the town of Jonesboro, one
of the first Anglo settlements in Texas.
"Victorian" describes business district on square, oldest
structures dating from 1885.
- COLONEL CHARLES DEMORSE HOME - Known as the "Father
of Texas Journalism," Colonel DeMorse founded The Northern
Standard, participated in Civil War, and was the first president
of Texas Press and Editorial Association. Drive-by view of unrestored
home is one block north of the town square.
- GOLDEN GALS' PRALINES - Cottage industry specializing
in gourmet pralines handmade with finest Texas pecan halves. Woven
baskets, made in Clarksville, make unique Texas gift items. Open
Mon. - Fri. from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. 1101 South Donoho.
- RED RIVER COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Dates from 1885, massive
walls and turrets of yellow stone, and a remarkable clock tower.
Affectionately called "Old Red," clock ran smoothly
until 1961 when converted to electricity. Soon thereafter, Old
Red began striking 120 gongs until someone unplugged it, known
as 'the night it got later than ever before" in Clarksville.
Original records dating from beginning of the Republic of Texas
still on file, as well as deed and marriage records from 1835.
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