Settled in the 1780s, Clarkville’s historic area is lined with intriguing places to shop, eat, drink and enjoy the local flavors of Tennessee’'s fastest growing city. See original advertisements on the side of the Poston Building, observe several monuments in the square, and explore Franklin Street to experience the charming downtown area. Enjoy Liberty Park & Clarksville Marina, where you can fish year-round or take a hike on the walking trail.
Clarksville was home to amazing American athlete Wilma Rudolph, considered to be the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s. Rudolph overcame infantile paralysis, bouts of polio and scarlet fever. In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. A track and field champion, she elevated women's track to a major presence in the United States. She is also regarded as a civil rights and women's rights pioneer. In 1994, Wilma Rudolph Boulevard was the name given to the portion of U.S. Route 79 in Clarksville.
The Woman's Sports Foundation Wilma Rudolph Courage Award is presented to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model to those who face challenges, overcomes them and strives for success at all levels. This award was first given in 1996 to Jackie Joyner-Kersee. In 2000, Sports Illustrated magazine ranked Rudolph as number one in its listing of the top fifty greatest sports figures in twentieth-century Tennessee.
A life-size bronze statue of Rudolph stands at the southern end of the Cumberland River Walk at the base of the Pedestrian Overpass, College Street and Riverside Drive, in Clarksville.
Treat yourself to a stopover in Clarksville along the Screaming Eagle Trail, one of the 16 regional trails in Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways, your pass to the backroads that will help you discover what lies off the beaten path in Tennessee.
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