Clarksville, incorporated in 1785, and named for General George Rogers Clark, is located on the Cumberland River. With an estimated population of 123,395 Clarksville is the fastest growing city in Tennessee and poised to overtake Chattanooga as the fourth largest city in the state. By virtue of its location about 40 miles downstream from Nashville, Clarksville has been a hub for commercial traffic. Steamboats carried agricultural goods to ports north and south of the city. Cotton, grains and tobacco were carried through the Ohio, Mississippi and on to New Orleans for export.
The city is best known for its long-standing relationship with the United States Army. Beginning with the end of the American Revolutionary War to the present day presence of Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division, Clarksville and the surrounding area can attribute a great deal of economic interdependence to the army. Most of the businesses in the area are military contractors, responsible for much of the economic development over the years.
Clarksville is the home of Austin Peay State University, Miller-Motte Technical College, Draughons Junior College, Austins Beauty College, North Central Institute, North Tennessee Bible Institute and Queen City College. Attractions and recreation in the area include everything from stock car racing to world-class performing and display arts. Some of these are the Clarksville Speedway race track, Downtown Artist Co-Op, Roxy Theatre, Governor's Square Mall, Clarksville City Arboretum, Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Port Royal State Park, Historic Collinsville, Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Cumberland RiverWalk and the Alter Gallery.