Clarksville, New Hampshire

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Clarksville is a town located in northern Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 294 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 349.[1] It is part of the Berlin, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The first census taken was in 1830; there were 88 residents.

Clarksville was incorporated in 1853, but known as Dartmouth College Grant until 1872. Clarksville derives its name from the Clark family, who cleared the land for settlement. The area was originally part of a tract granted to Dartmouth College; sections were sold off by the college to raise money. It was purchased by Benjamin Clark of Boston and Joseph Murdock of Norwich, Vermont.

In the late 19th century, major industries included starch and maple sugar. (Ref. 1874 NH Gazetteer.) For many years the largest employers in town have been logging companies.

Geography

Clarksville is bordered to the north and west by Pittsburg, and to the west by one mile of waterfront on the Connecticut River (across from the village of Beecher Falls, in Canaan, Vermont). To the south are Stewartstown, Dixville and Dix's Grant. The east borders on Atkinson and Gilmanton Academy Grant. State Route 145 traverses the western end of the township, running south from Pittsburg village into Stewartstown. Prior to the construction of U.S. Route 3, along the Connecticut, this was the only road north to Pittsburg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 62.1 square miles (161 km2), of which 60.2 sq mi (156 km2) is land and 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2) is water, comprising 3.03% of the town. The highest point in Clarksville is Crystal Mountain, at 3,230 feet (980 m) above sea level, near the town's southern border. Significant water bodies include portions of Lake Francis, Clarksville Pond, Carr Pond and Dead Water Stream. The western two-thirds of Clarksville lies within the Connecticut River watershed and the eastern third in the Androscoggin River watershed.[2]

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