Introduction to Clarksville, Tennessee
Clarksville is a Tennessee city which serves as the county seat of the state's Montgomery County. Located in middle Tennessee near the confluence of the Cumberland and Red Rivers, the city lies 45 miles northwest of Nashville. Clarksville is the home of Austin Peay State University and a close neighbor to the Fort Campbell Army post, which straddles the Tennessee-Kentucky state line about 25 miles northwest of the city. Major roads servicing the city include Interstate I-24; U.S. Routes 41 and 79: and Tennessee State Highways 13, 48, and 76.
Founded in 1784 and incorporated as a town in 1785, Clarksville was named for Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. During the early years of the 19th century, the town slowly prospered and grew, establishing new roads, railroads, and bridges, along with churches and educational institutions. In 1855, Clarksville was incorporated as a city and during the latter part of the century, became well known for its production of dark fired tobacco. For several decades the city's economic growth was closely tied to the region's farming industry, but as the 20th century progressed, Clarksville and Montgomery County took on a more technology-based profile. The city today has become part of a significant regional center for transportation and industry and one of Tennessee's fastest-growing cities.
Points of Interest in Clarksville
One of Clarksville's performing arts hallmarks is its Roxy Regional Theatre. Housed in a 1947 art modern structure, the Roxy is Clarksville’s oldest professional theatre and offers a combination of professional company shows and community performances. Another prime venue for performance arts is Austin Peay State University’s Center for the Creative Arts, which promotes a variety of musical and dance productions, concerts, and theatrical performances. Located in historic downtown Clarksville is the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, one of Tennessee’s largest general museums. The Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, located at Fort Campbell, traces the history of the famed 101st Airborne Division’s Screaming Eagles from World War II to the present day. Other notable attractions in Clarksville include:
- Cumberland RiverWalk: Clarksville's signature riverfront promenade.
- Wilma Rudolph Statue: Built to honor the Clarksville native and outstanding Olympic athlete.
- Smith-Trahern Mansion: Built in 1858 by wealthy tobacconist Christopher Smith.
- L & N Train Station: A restored 1890 station which served as the setting for the Monkees' hit, "Last Train to Clarksville".
- Dunbar Cave
- Montgomery County Courts Complex
- Beachaven Vineyards & Winery
- Clarksville City Arboretum
- Clarksville Speedway racetrack
Collegiate sports are plentiful in Clarksville, home of Austin Peay State University and the school's athletic teams, known as the "Governors". The University's teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). Professional sports can be found less than an hour away in the city of Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Hockey fans in Nashville can root for the NHL's Nashville Predators, while baseball fans can follow the Nashville Sounds, a minor league team competing in the Pacific Coast League. The Sounds are the Class Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers.