Clarksville in Red River County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
and two others were hanged on
a limb of this large post oak tree.
At the time, the tree was 96 years
old. From that day on, it has been
known as "Page's Tree".
Erected 1999 by C.H.S. Junior Heritage Club.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Events • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 33° 36.534′ N, 95° 3.282′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Texas, in Red River County. Marker is at the intersection of West Washington Street and Grove Street, on the right when traveling east on West Washington Street. Marker is located in the northeast area of the Clarksville Cemetery near the fence. Entrance to the cemetery is opposite Franklin Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 West Washington Street, Clarksville TX 75426, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clarksville Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); James ClarkDavid Gouverneur Burnet (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church Clarksville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stagecoach Stand, C. S. A. (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Rev. William Stevenson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Members of Confederate Congresses (approx. 0.3 miles away); Red River County Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
Regarding Page's Tree. This tree has been called "Page's Tree" or the "Hanging Tree" by many generations of Red River County citizens. In "Red River Dust", Eugene Bowers writes that in 1837 a man named Page, his son and son-in-law and a worker were hanged for the murder of Capt. Charlie Burkham and Levi Davis. A vigilance committee held a "trial and used this tree to hang them all. From then on, the tree served the cause of "justice".
The tree is estimated to be more than 275 years old.
Also see . . . Famous Trees of Texas. (Submitted on August 14, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 629 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.