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City of Clarksville, MO
Seal Adopted on February 22, 2007 Seal Adopted on January 11, 1822

              Clarksville, MO  is located on Missouri Highway 79 which is part of the Great River Road and is one of the most scenic highways along the Mississippi River.  It overlooks U.S. Lock and Dam 24, providing a close vantage point to view all river boat and barge traffic.  This City, located in Pike County, is also one of the largest winter migrating areas for the Bald Eagle. Clarksville is filled with artists, potters, glass blowers, jewelry designers, antique dealers, furniture makers, and specialty craftsmen.

              Clarksville, MO  is on a National Scenic Byway and lies halfway between Canada and the Gulf of Mexico, halfway between Hannibal and St. Louis, MO and is near the Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake.  It rests at the foot of Lookout Point/Sky Lift Hill, the top of which affords an 800 square mile view of the river and valley and is one of the highest points on the Mississippi River.

               Pike County  was the childhood home of Mrs. Albert P. Greensfelder, the wife of the St. Louis civic leader who was the originator of the Great River Roadfrom Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

             With the historic Mark Twain lore of Hannibal, the beautiful homes and estates in the Louisiana and Clarksville areas of Pike County, the first Missouri Capitol and Old Town area of St. Charles, and the numerous attractions of the St. Louis scene, Clarksville offers its' own unique place on an incomparable route for travel.



  Clarksville History
1800 - 1809  
Early settlements (temporary) made by pioneers,
including James Burns, Samuel Ewing, James O'Neal and
Frederick Dixon, were established.     
1812 - 1815  Early settlers were massacred, including William
Jordan and son near Buffalo Fort and the family of James
O'Neal three miles north of Clarksville, at a place know as
the Jaeger Farm.  After this time, the people moved to Ft.
Woods at Troy and Ft. Stout Auburn for safety.     
1817  Settlement first became known as Clarksville,
supposedly named for William Clark, of the Lewis and
Clark expedition, and who served as governor of the
Louisiana Territory from 1813-1820..
1819  Article of agreement filed in Recorder's Office in the
County Courthouse at Bowling Green, in which James
Burns deeded to William McPike his half-interest in the
land he had settled and where Clarksville is now located.
1820   John R. Carter, engaged in a mercantile business in
Clarksville, shipped to New Orleans, on a flat boat, 60
hogshead of tobacco, some exported to Europe.
1820    "General Putnam", first steamboat to venture north of  
St. Louis anchored at Clarksville.
1830    "Blue Lodge" of the Masonic Order, organized.  Third
Masonic Lodge to be organized in Missouri.
1835     Methodist Episcopal Church South, organized.
1847     Clarksville incorporated by Governor John Miller
on land patented to him by Pres. James Monroe.
1850    Clarksville received charter.
  1860  Population approached 1200 with dry good
stores,  grocery stores, drug stores, hardware
stores, meat markets, restaurants, a bakery, one hotel, a
printing office, barber shops and eight factories including
a vinegar factory, a milling company, a stave and  barrel  
factory, two tobacco factories, a paper mill, a foundry
and a saw mill.  Local vineyards yielded 12,000 gallons of
wine annually.
1869 Grace Episcopal Church built.
Clarksville & Western Railway Company organized.
1871 Clifford Banking Company established.
1873 Mississippi Valley Railway & was subsequently
purchased by St. Louis, Keokuk & North Western
Railway Co in 1875.  Rail service extended into
St. Louis in 1879.
1876  First hotel constructed – The Carroll House
1880  Population reached 1600.
1886  Clarksville chosen for location of 50 mile bicycle
race & 100 mile race in 1887.
1910  Public Library built.
1921  Public Water system completed.
1937  Fire Department organized.        
1938  Municipal Light and Power Plant constructed.
1939  Lock & Dam #24 construction completed.
1953  Clopton School constructed.
1962  Skylift construction completed.
1966  Natural gas piped into community
Dundee Cement Company constructed.(now Holcim)
1970  First public sanitary sewer completed.
2006  Clarksville population 490

    City of Clarksville Missouri
     Jo Anne Smiley, Mayor
    111 Howard Street                                           Phone: 573.242.3336
    P.O. Box 530                                                        Fax: 573.242.3450
    Clarksville, MO 63336                Email:
 EMERGENCY Phone # 573-754-0954