Inspiration from the Past

The story of our Village commences right alongside that of the Republic of Texas. From the millions of cattle trekking the Chisholm Trail to the emergence of creative craftpeople, Salado serves as a parallel to the robust and ever-changing story of Texas. Here, you can experience the history that makes Texas’ past so inspiring. Whether you walk the grounds and ruins of one of the nation’s first co-educational colleges or get in touch with possibly the first Americans at the Gault Site, your trip through Salado’s history will be one to remember.

SALADO MUSEUM & COLLEGE PARK

The Salado Museum and College Park was established to preserve and promote the pioneer history of Salado and the diverse nationalities that settled this area. College Park, just south of the museum, is the location of the ruins and grounds of historic Salado College.

HISTORIC CEMETERIES

Get in touch with the legendary figures of Salado’s past with visits to our historical cemeteries. There are three to choose from!

SALADO HISTORICAL TOUR

Originally designed by the Salado Historical Society, this self-guided tour leads you through some of our Village’s most prized landmarks and uncovers the histories of our storied village. The tour is available starting in Spring 2020 on the VisitSalado! app.

GAULT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Step into the lives of some of the Americas’ first settlers at this world-renowned archaeological site. Only a 15 minute drive out from Salado, you will have the chance to explore this site with its archaeologists as they help you understand the lives of our predecessors. Tours can also be arranged through the Williamson County and Bell County Museums. Reservations required.

HISTORIC SALADO GHOSTWALK

Join local historian and storyteller Jonathan Hal Reynolds for a lantern-lit stroll down Salado‘s historic Main Street. Get lost in tales of cowboys, Indians, buried treasure, and ghosts! Held throughout the fall season, this is a “must-do” while you’re visiting our village.