Welcome To Salado, Texas where history is still alive.

The first permanent Anglo-American settler to live in Salado was Archibald Willingham in 1850. In 1852 a post office was established when a stage line that ran between Waco and Austin began a weekly run, before the town was laid out.   The town was founded directly as a result of the establishment of the Salado College. In October of 1859 Col. Elijah Sterling C. Robertson, son of empresario Sterling C. Robertson, offered to donate land north and south of the springs to a corporation to sell stock, build a college, and lay out the land into lots for a town to be called Salado. Salado prospered as an educational, industrial, and agricultural center. At one time a series of eight flour and grist mills were built on Salado Creek.  After the railroads bypassed Salado, trade declined, and the college was forced to close. From 1890 to 1913 the former college building was occupied by the Thomas Arnold High School. After a series of fires the school was abandoned and the ruins are now maintained as part of the Salado Museum. Many of the historic homes and buildings of Salado are still an important part of this thriving, active, historic, village.

Thomas Arnold High School and College

The Salado Historical Society is dedicated to researching and preserving the history of the area and of the families that helped build this community. Their mission is “To locate, educate, and preserve the history and the historical integrity of the Village of Salado.”  

Salado Historical Society Cabins

The cabins restored by the Salado Historical Society are located on the grounds of the Salado Civic Center .

Texas History Days in salado,TX

From its prehistoric residents that settled just outside of Salado to land grants that gave us our current border, Texas is the product of many cultures who have left their mark on this place. Join us at the Salado Civic Center and at Salado Museum and College Park from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, June 8 for a celebration of the many cultures that make up the Texas life we know today.

Events include:

Texas History Days Symposium: Speakers representing historical cultures of Texas will be present at the Salado Civic Center, 601 Main Street. Dr. Clark Warnecke of the Gault School of Archaeological Research will speak on pre-historic cultures; Patricia Walsh Small will speak about the families brought in by Spanish land grants in Texas; Arthur Reza will talk about vaqueros; a representative from the Consulate General of Mexico will make a presentation; Brian Vanicek speaking about the Czech community and Roscoe Harrison accompanied by Linda Seawood will make a presentation about African American culture in Central Texas. The symposium will end with a tour of the black cemetery of Salado led by Roscoe Harrison and Linda Seawood. Cost for the symposium is $25.00 per person. Tickets available soon at centraltexastickets.com. 

Genealogy classes presented by Martha Everman Jones. Tickets are $10 per class.

Hands-On Activities and demonstrations by Homestead Heritage plus fun family events on the Civic Center grounds. The Salado Historical Society cabins will be open for exploration.

How the Scots Came to Texas: The program consists of five different segments presented hourly throughout the day with words and video by speaker and college professor Nancy Boyens and with live music by historian and musician Joe Romeo. Discover the story of Salado founding father, Sterling Robertson, his Empresario grant and colony, the migration of Scots into the Appalachian Mountains and on to Texas.

Schedule For Speakers - Subject to change

10 am to 10:30 am: Gault School of Archeological Research, D. Clark Wernecke, Tom Williams 

10:30 am to 11 am: Spanish Land Grants and Vaqueros presented by Patricia Walsh Small and Arthur Resa

11 am to 11:30 am: Native American speaker.

11:30 am to 1 pm: Lunch 

1 pm to 1:30 pm: Mexican influence, presented by someone from the office of the Consulate General of Mexico

1:30 pm to 2 pm: Czech influence, presented by Brian Vanicek

2 pm to 2:30 pm: African American influence, Roscoe Harrison and Linda Seawood

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Panel discussion of all speakers led by Skip Blancett. 

4 pm to 5:30 pm: Tour of the Salado Black Cemetery led by Roscoe Harrison and Linda Seawood.

For more information on Civic Center events please call Jeanie Lively at 254-563-5090, texashistorydays@gmail.com; Chadley Hollas at 254-947-8634, chollas@saladotx.gov. For more information on the Salado Museum event call 254-947-5232 or visit https://saladomuseum.org/

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Salado Historical Society

PO Box 652, Salado, TX 76571, US