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Clarksville 19th Cen. Tobacco trade

In the 1820s/30s, steamboat traffic helped Clarksville grow as a port city. It became a major shipping point for tobacco and tobacco products in the beginning 19th century

Dark-fired tobacco was prized for pipes and cigars. In the 1840s/50s, the tobacco trade was huge. The Grange and Elephant warehouses were among the largest tobacco warehouses in America. Dark-fired tobacco trade remained the world's largest portion until 1950. So many of the family fortunes of Clarksville and Montgomery Co. were tied in the tobacco industry: Cunningham, Gracey.etc.

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