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Red River County Courthouse


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Red River County Courthouse The Red River County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates from 1885, with its massive walls and turrets of yellow sandstone, and a remarkable clock tower. Affectionately called "Old Red," the clock ran smoothly until 1961 when it was converted to electricity. Soon thereafter, Old Red began striking 120 gongs until someone unplugged it; that period was known as "the night it got later than ever before" in Clarksville. The clock still tolls the hour for citizens of the town. Original records dating from 1835, the beginning of the Republic of Texas, are still on file, as well as deed and marriage records from 1845. The old jail, built from the same yellow sandstone, is nearby and serves as a museum.


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Old Church Theatre

The Gothic stone building that is the Old Church Theatre in Clarksville was built in the 1920's as the spiritual home of a small congregation of Red River County members of the Episcopal Church. Regular services were held in the historic building until the 1980'

Clarksville, TX Theatres

Red River County Courthouse

The Red River County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates from 1885, with its massive walls and turrets of yellow sandstone, and a remarkable clock tower. Affectionately called "Old Red," the clock ran smoothly until 1961

Clarksville, TX Historic Courthouses

Red River County Jail Museum

The Red River County Historical Society owns two homes and the Red River County Jail Museum. Miss Belle's House is one of the oldest existing structures in the county. Built in 1874, the house is a combination of the Greek Revival and Victorian styles of architecture. The Lennox house, built in 1898

Clarksville, TX Museums

Col. Charles DeMorse Home

Known as the "Father of Texas Journalism," Colonel DeMorse founded The Northern Standard, participated in the Civil War, and was the first president of the Texas Press and Editorial Association. The Gothic Greek Revival home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Clarksville, TX Historic Homes

Clarksville Country Club

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Clarksville, TX Golf Courses

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