Clarksville, Indiana - Mitch Craig Heating and Cooling
Clarksville, Indiana, is located along the Ohio River in southwesternmost Clark County and lies approximately forty-five miles southwest of Louisville. The Ohio River borders Clarksville to the south, west and north; unincorporated Spring Valley lies along with Clarksville's edge.
The Beginning of Clarksville, IN
Settled in 1802 by Daniel Cottle, Clarksville was originally known as "Cottleville" for fifty years. The city was incorporated as "Clarksville" on December 3, 1847, to better distinguish it from other Cottlevilles.
The borough of Jeffersonville lies across the Ohio River to the north; New Albany lies slightly upstream (south) of Clarksville along the river's western bank. Sesquicentennial Park, a county park between New Albany and Clarksville along the river, was created from land transferred from New Albany to Clark County in 1977.
A ferry originally connected Clarksville with Jeffersonville before the completion of the John A. McDermott Bridge in 1926. Ferry service stopped in 1977 when a bridge connecting Indiana State Road 62 (the modern route of U.S. Route 31) and Illinois Route 111 allowed motorists to cross the Ohio River at nearby Utica. Two bridges now serve Clarksville: The Big Four Bridge, completed in 1891 as a railroad crossing, now provides access between Louisville's Belvedere neighborhood and Utica; the John A. McDermott crosses from Indiana into Louisville's Portland neighborhood.
The Roads of Clarksville, IN
The city of Clarksville is laid out on a grid plan, with numbered streets starting at Main Street (U.S. Route 40) and increasing as one head north or west from there. North First Street becomes Coal Bank Road outside of Clarksville's city limits. It runs through the unincorporated community of Coal Bank before becoming Sinking Fork Road at the Clark-Jackson county line. The easternmost street in Clarksville is East 10th Street; similarly, the westernmost street is West 10th Street.
Clarksville was home to Graham Paper Company for more than fifty years, beginning in 1926, when the company purchased eighty acres along Spring Creek to build a paper mill. This property was replaced with a larger site across the Ohio River in New Albany, Indiana; operations were moved there in 1974.
Clarksville is home to four schools: Clarksville High School, serving grades 9-12; North Middle School (formerly an elementary school), serving grades 5 through 8; South Primary (formerly known as Central Elementary), serving grades PK and K; and Northview Intermediate School, an alternative school for students needing more personalized attention. The high school's mascot is a pirate named Captain Kidd.
The Home of John W. Galbreath
Clarksville is home to the late John W. Galbreath (1904-1987), a prominent thoroughbred breeder and owner whose name still adorns the thoroughbred race track in nearby Louisville, Kentucky (home of Churchill Downs Racetrack). Clarksville native Marshall Holman (1954 - ) won his first PBA Tour event at age nineteen. He now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and has a namesake bowling center in Clarksville: The Marshall Holman Center for Professional Bowlers. A covered bridge known as the " Horseshow Bridge" formerly crossed Spring Creek on South First Street; it was named for its location adjacent to an annual horseshoe tournament held in the city during the early 20th century.
Clarksville is home to several churches, including Scenic Hills Baptist Church which was founded in 1971. This church has organized many mission efforts around Clarksville and Indiana, including a recycling ministry, an inner-city outreach for at-risk youth and their families called LOVE (Living Opportunities Via Enterprise), and a summer mission camp at Lake Cumberland known as Camp Lighthouse.
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