This city, incorporated in 1837, is the commercial center and seat of Red River County, one of Texas' original counties. From the county's original area, all or part of 38 other counties were created. Clarksville was founded in 1834 by Capt. James Clark. Sam Houston Park on F.M. 410 has markers commemorating Jane Chandler Gill's grave, the 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.
The oldest structures on the square date from 1885, and the area has a Victorian feel.
The area also is known as the eastern "Wild Turkey Capital of Texas."
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