Clarksville, Tennessee

Clarksville, TN is one of the largest cities in Montgomery County, Tennessee. It is the fifth biggest city in the State of Tennessee and the ninth fastest growing city in the United States of America. It is also known as Tennessee's Top Spot, The Queen City, Clarksvegas, Queen of Cumberland and Gateway to the New South. It is one of the most historic cities in the south, as it was the first city in Tennessee to be incorporated.

The city was named after General George Rogers Clark, the brother of William Clark and an effective Revolutionary War hero. In the past, the city was US's major tobacco producer but over the years other industries have moved in to the area. Nevertheless, the city is proud of its past and tried to preserve some of the many historical sites and homes that withstood the devastations brought about by war, economy and natural disasters.

The city is also proud of its education and has some of the best private and public schools, as well as colleges and various academic institutions. An integral part of Clarksville is the city's college towns. The city produced many writers, politicians and educators over the years because of its dedication to education.

Clarksville is a great place to live in. It has something to appeal to everyone's senses. The city is known for its ambient social atmosphere and its lively residents.

Clarksville History

Clarksville was founded in 1794. It was one of the most historic cities in the south, as it was the first official city of Tennessee. However, it was the Paleo-Indians who were the first inhabitants of the area. Thus when the Spanish explorers arrived in the area, they found the tribes of Muscogge and Yuchi inhabiting the area.

Eventually, as the Europeans expanded their occupation of the area, the tribes were forced to move away and move to the south and the west. Then in 1769, Thomas Hutchins surveyed the area of Clarksville. Then from 1771 to 1775, John Montgomery and Kasper Mansker visited Clarksville. Other visitors to the area included James Robertson and his party. By 1779, Robertson brought with him settlers from East Tennessee while the following year John Donelson came to Nashville via flat boats.

After the Civil War, under the Legislature of North Carolina, Clarksville was allotted for the soldiers since the government has no money to pay them. Clarksville by then was already available for the soldiers and their families because it had been surveyed and used in the past. On the 29th of December 1785, the city of Clarksville became an official town after John Armstrong filed the notice to the Legislature of North Carolina following the survey carried out by James Sanders.

By the 19th century the population of the town increased and people realized that they need educational institutions. By 1806, the Rural Academy was established. By 1820, the town already had stores, bakeries, hardware and steamboats. They then started exporting flour, coffee, tobacco and other products. Then in 1855 Clarksville was already a thriving town was incorporated into a city. Then during the Civil War many slaves went to Clarksville to join the Union Army. Then after the war, the city undertook Reconstruction.

The next century gave the city a new start. By 1913 it already had its first movie house, the Lillian Theatre. Then when World War I erupted, many locals volunteered. At the same time, the women of Clarksville wanted their own banks. Thus the First Women's Bank of Tennessee was established by Frank J. Runyon in 1919. By the early 1920s the Clarksville Hopkinsville was connected by a bus line. The Austin Peay Normal School, now Austin Peay State University, was also established. Then in 1942 Fort Campbell, an army base, was constructed, it was Camp Campbell then. Since then the city and its population continue to grow.

About Clarksville, Tennessee

The city of Clarksville has a total area of 95.5 sq. m., 94.9 sq. m. is land and 0.7 sq.m. is water. It is located at the edge of Highland Rim which is on the northern west part of Nashville. Clarksville is where Nashville International Airport is located, although it also has the Outlaw field, a smaller airport which can accommodate only 40,000 private flights a year. The Outlaw field is also where the city's pilot school is located. The Cobb Field, a private airport, is also located in Clarksville. Northwest of the city lies Fort Campbell Military Reservation, this contributes much to its economy. Clarksville's major highways include the US Highway 41 Alternate, US Highway 79, Interstate 24, State Route 12, State Route 48, State Route 76 and State Route 374. The area code of Clarksville is 931.

Clarksville is a good place to live, according to numerous magazines that rank cities and states in the US based on various factors essential for a good life. According to Money Magazine, the city is one of the five cities under 250,000 population that the creative class will be attracted to over the next ten years. According to Southern Business and Development Magazine, it is one of the top ten cities in the south that has plenty of talented labor. Forbes magazine cited it as 90th Best City for Business and Careers. Entrepreneur Magazine gave it the number 1 ranking in small city in the south. Money gave it 57th Best Place to Live in 1996. Reader's Digest ranked it as the 38th most Family-Friendly City in 1997 and it was an All America City Finalist in 2002 according to the National Civic League.

Clarksville has its own share of good and reputable schools, among them are the Austin Peay State University, Bethel College, Tennessee Technology Center, Nashville State Community College, Daymar Institute. It also has 36 public schools, seven high schools, seven middle schools and twenty elementary schools, among them is the famous Clarksville Academy.

The state, with its history, is home to Tennessee's oldest newspaper and oldest Bank. The Leaf-Chronicle was created in 1808 while the Northern Bank was in 1854. Northern Bank is now Regions Bank. Today, visitors to the city will find a lot of attractions and events that they will not find elsewhere. There is the Cumberland River which hosts several festivals, such as the River and Spires Festival. The city is also known for its cruises and tours. There is also the Tennessee Fairgrounds which offers various entertainment events throughout the year. Then there are the Nashville Zoo and the Dunbar State Park, which showcase the ecology of Clarksville.

About Montgomery County, Tennessee

Clarksville is located in Montgomery County. Clarksville serves as the county seat. It is the largest city in the county and also the fifth largest in the state.

According to estimates from the last census, the makeup of the population of the Montgomery County is Whites as the majority, making up more than sixty percent of the population, followed by African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islander and other races. More than twenty percent of the population are under the age of 18, thirteen percent belong to 18 to 24 years of age, thirty four percent belong to 25 to 44, fifteen percent are ages 45 to 64 and seven percent are 65 years or older. 29 is the median age of the population of the county. According to 200 census estimates, the county had 134,700 people approximately, with a population density of 250 people per sq mile.

Montgomery County has a total land area of 544 square miles, of where only 5 miles is occupied by water and the rest in land. The region where the county is located is well developed region, known as the karst topography. Its adjacent county's include Stewart County, Houston County, Dickson County, Cheatham County, Robertson County, Todd County and Christian County.

Montgomery County was named after the founder of Clarksville TN, John Montgomery. Today, Clarksville has a lot to offer. From once a busy town with small stores and businesses, today several businesses operates in the city and the county including, American Standard, Averitt Hardwoods International, Bridgestone Metalpha, Convergys Corporation, Clarksville Foundry, Florim USA, Fort Campbell, Hemlock Semicondutor, Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems, Precision Printing and Packaging, Premiumwear, Print Xcel, Quebecor, Startek USA, Trane, UCAR Carbon Corporation, Vulcan Corporation, Whitestone Lumber Company, F&M Banks and Legend Banks. It also has big city amenities, such as theaters, museums, shopping centers, restaurants and bars. Visitors to the county will be offered true homegrown music. For those who want to enjoy the outdoors, there are plenty of parks to enjoy and trails for biking and hiking.

Other notable celebrities and personalities who came from Montgomery County are Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, Roy Acuff, James Bailey, Nate Colbert, Philander Claxton, Harry Galbreath, Tommy Head, Caroline Gordon, Ernest William Goodpasture, Percy Howard, Cave Johnson, Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, Riley Darnell, Mageina Tovah, Mason Rudolph, Evelyn Scott, George Sherrill, Wayne Pace and Shawn Marion.