Clarksville, Tennessee is vibrant city located 45 miles northwest of Nashville on I-24 and 61 miles southwest of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Clarksville is the fifth largest city in Tennessee and is among the fastest-growing communities in the country. WalletHub.com ranked Clarksville among the 2017 top 100 recession-recovered, mid-sized communities in the United States.
Things to Do and See in Clarksville
“Bursting with Pride” is a 10,000+/- square-foot mural on Franklin Street displaying much of Clarksville’s history. Residents and visitors enjoy the rich narrative embedded within the brick-lined streets of the downtown area, including Franklin Street, featuring popular shops, locally owned eateries, galleries and studios – some that participate in Art Walk Clarksville – and much more.
On Franklin Street, find the historic Roxy Regional Theatre’s marque, formerly the Lillian. Built in 1913, this beloved theatre premiered silent films to thousands of the city’s visitors, even after the fire of 1914. Thirty years later, a second fire led to a name change and re-opening in 1947 under neon lights. The, now live, theatre is home to The Roxy Regional School of the Arts.
In addition to Franklin Street, shopping and dining, Clarksville’s is surrounded by outdoor recreation, ideal for all nature enthusiasts. Enjoy spelunking, fishing, hiking and even cave touring in Dunbar Cave State Park or the nature trails at Rotary Park, a 111.3+/- acre park near the Sango community. Paddle down the Cumberland River, the Red River or Sycamore Creek or relax near the McGregor Park Riverwalk.
The perfect blend of artistic culture and outdoor opportunities, Clarksville is also home to many museums and galleries. The historic Customs House Museum & Cultural Center has a number of permanent exhibits, including a Bubble Cave, Memory Lane with a log home, Challenges and Champions Sports Gallery (honoring locals Jeff Purvis, Wilma Rudoph, Billy Copeland and others), the Postmaster’s Office and one of the largest porcelain collections in the southeast. The museum’s large model train exhibit changes seasonally.
The Family Art Studio offers children of all ages a chance to learn while exploring their creative side. Monthly activities include book signings, book readings and other events for children and families.
Working in Clarksville
A number of major employers are expanding their current facilities within the city limits, and several others have announced they will be coming to Clarksville and Montgomery County in the near future. Some of the largest employers in Clarksville are Ft. Campbell (approx. 39,000 military and civilian jobs); Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (4,000); Tennova Healthcare (1,150); Trane Company (1,100); City of Clarksville (1,050); Austin Peay State University (860); Montgomery County Government (850); Agero (750); Convergys (600); Akebono Brake Systems (500) and Jostens, Printing & Publishing Div. (400).
Hankook Tires recently opened their first American facility in Clarksville and began filling over 800 positions in early 2017. LG Electronics is building a new facility that is only 10 miles from Belleglade and plans to fill 600 new positions in 2019.
While Fort Campbell is officially located in Kentucky, much of the facility is in Clarksville. Fort Campbell supports the third largest military population in the Army and the seventh largest in the Department of Defense. Post statistics indicate there are 202,890 people tied to Fort Campbell with around 177,300 living off post.