About Salado

Salado is directly off Interstate 35 less than one hour from Austin and Waco; and approximately 2.5 hours from Dallas and Houston. This makes this unique, quaint and historic town a perfect location for the Families in Recovery Conference. Natural amenities include the Salado Creek, abundant wildlife and lush greenery and towering trees framing picturesque neighborhoods. There is an outstanding internationally ranked golf course, a designated historical district and excellent shopping. Salado is known for its creative arts and culture.

Salado – An Old and Historic Town

Archeological evidence of a paleolithic Native American settlement dating back about 15,500 years, the Buttermilk Creek Complex, has been unearthed in Salado. However, the first record of white settlers in the area occurred in 1834. By 1836, the pioneer settlers abandoned the area due to frequent Indian attacks and the invasion by General Santa Anna and the Mexican Army. By 1843 Anglo settlers began to return to the area.

Located in Bell County, Texas, the Village of Salado was founded at the Old Military Road crossing of Salado Creek on October 8, 1859 by early Scottish Settlers coincident with the founding of Salado College. Many of the leaders of Bell County had felt the need for the establishment of a fine school. Because of its plentiful springs and rich farmland, it very quickly became a viable settlement.

The Chisholm Trail came right up Main Street, and the stage lines that served Central Texas included Salado among their stops. A wire cable suspension bridge, the first bridge built in the county, was built here in 1869 and stood until the great flood of 1900. Salado Creek has always been a mighty force in the history of this area and it was designated the first recorded Natural Landmark in Texas in 1966.

Shopping, Restaurants and Hotels

Today the town is home to numerous shops, restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, and hotels.

Shopping opportunities in Salado defy descriptions. Jewelry, clothing, collectibles, gifts, pottery. Because Salado has attracted many artists and craftsmen, there are numerous unique works of art, sculpture, and one of a kind items.

There are a number of fine restaurants and cafes. Reservations are recommended for evening dining.


There is a Golf Course nearby for those interested – Mill Creek Golf Club. Some people come to the conference on Thursday or Friday morning and play Golf on Friday. You can contact Mill Creek Golf Club at (254) 947-5698 for more information.

More Information

Salado Visitor Guide: http://www.salado.com/downloads/salado_vguide_2017.pdf

Salado Chamber of Commerce: http://www.salado.com/