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ALL About Red River County
One thousand fifty-four square miles of East Texas Timberland make up the 70th largest county in Texas, Red River County. Archeological discoveries date back to 1500 BC however the county was not organized until 1837. Settlement began in 1814 with the moves made by Anglo-Americans into the area currently inhabited by the Caddo, Kickapoo, Delaware, and Shawnee Indians. The tribes resided on the banks of the creeks and rivers attributed with their names today.
Serving as the county seat as well as an educational - agricultural center for the county, Clarksville was incorporated in 1837. At that time Red River County included Lamar County, part of Hopkins, a portion of Delta, Franklin, Titus, Morris, Cass, and Marion Counties, not to mention most of Bowie County. As county seat, this proved difficult for Clarksville to manage. 1840-1846 marked a period of division and growth; the named counties were split away from Red River County, leaving 1,054 square miles that make up Red River County today.
Like most southern rural areas of the united states in the late 1800s, cotton production became vital to the areas economy. Cattle operations were growing in importance and even today remain a staple in the lives of most residents of the Northeast Texas Region. The end of the Civil War marked change for the country as a whole. A loss of confidence in the immediate area caused property values to plummet in 1865. Ten years later, the Texas and Pacific Railway began transporting goods back and forth to larger town centers which led to a dramatic increase in the population to 35,829 in 1920. Agricultural production rose steadily with the population until the area was hit by the Great Depression of the 1930s. Production and thereby, transport halted and the rise in population proved short lived. Cotton fields turned to hay, soybean, sorghum crops and cow/calf operations accounting for the majority of agricultural income in the late 1900s.
The most common industries by number of employees in Red River County are manufacturing, healthcare, and retail. The highest paid are Real Estate Rentals, Oil and Gas Extraction, and technology services. As of 2016, the counties population is at 12,455. 95 percent of those able to work are gainfully employed. The rate of citizens that own their home is 74 percent, soaring above the regional, state and national averages. At only $62,700 dollars, the median property value makes home ownership reasonably attainable.
Hospitals and clinics near or in Clarksville include: Red River Urgent Care Clinic, Clarksville General Hospital (To be completed), Paris Regional Medical Center, McCurtain Memorial Hospital, and Titus Regional Medical Center.
Five school districts; Clarksville, Avery, Detroit, Prairiland and Rivercrest ISDs serve Red River County, and six institutions of higher learning are within an hour drive of the county seat.
The area offers peaceful, tranquil, rural getaways with a close connection to Texas history for visitors as well as a quiet haven for Red River County residents. An average temperature of 64 degrees and small town charm provide the perfect backdrop for annual area events including: Ghost walk tours, highway yard sales, bike tours, two memorial hog hunts, BBQ smoke offs, Stew cook-offs, county fairs, frontier days, community rodeos, Thanksgiving community wide church service and local Christmas parades.
Take a trip to simple, peaceful Red River County going back in time with all the conveniences close by. Chisum Realty & Auction's agents and staff will be glad to serve as your guide as you explore and find your Frontier!