Salado is an Historic Treasure...
Salado is rich in history, character and legend. The community of Salado grew up around a flowing spring fed creek that provided a welcome oasis for early Central Texas visitors. But long before Salado attracted permanent settlers, the area drew Native American Indians as well as Spanish and Mexican travelers who were drawn to its peaceful beauty. Legend has it these various visitors believed Salado Creek possessed "special curative powers". The sculpture "Sirena" is a tribute to the creek's spiritual tradition.
By the mid-1800's, it became evident that the wheels of progress would roll through Salado in the form of a stagecoach line. Originally an Overland Stage and Pony Express Stop on the Old Chisholm Trail, Salado welcomed such Texas history luminaries as General Robert E. Lee, General George Custer, and Sam Houston. The stage line also brought outlaws to Salado. The James Brothers and Sam Bass are rumored to have been a few of the more infamous visitors.
Salado's respected Central Texas reputation was established in the beginning when Col. E.S.C. Robertson donated land for the village and a college at a tent meeting in 1859. From these humble beginnings, the college prospered alongside the village as more and more people settled in Salado to take advantage of the atmosphere the college created. As Texas grew, so did the states's education options and Salado College soon found it difficult to compete with state and church supported schools. After the college closed, the building became home to a private school. One of the school's first students went on to become the first female governor of Texas, Miriam Amanda Wallace "Ma" Ferguson. Today, the spirit of the school is preserved. A bronze statue of the school's benefactor, Col. Robertson, stands at the site and a new cornerstone was laid in 1989 to mark the school's revered place in Salado's history.
Today, over 140 years after Salado was officially established, the enchanting character and friendly spirit that has long defined the village is evident everywhere you look. Innkeepers, restauranteurs, artists and merchants have all come together to build one of the most beautiful and friendly communities you will find anywhere in Texas. When you visit Salado, you're sure to be greeted with a warm smile, a friendly wave and open arms!