Clarksville is in the heart of Old West Austin and was founded in 1871 by freedman Charles Clark. The neighborhood is the oldest surviving freedomtown, post-Civil War settlements founded by former slaves, west of the Mississippi. Today, young families and professionals who want a quiet, affordable place in Austin favor Clarkstown. Many artists and postgraduates are attracted to its low-rent apartments. The neighborhood is full of diversions and is conveniently located just west of Downtown.