This village dates from the state's early days. The town grew around the Sterling C. Robertson home and plantation, and it was incorporated in 1867. Named for Salado (salty) Creek, the town prospered with the founding of Salado College in 1860. It also was a stop on the Chisholm Trail. But after the town was bypassed by the railroad, the college closed and the town dwindled.
Today's visitors find shops, art galleries, antiques, the 27-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course, entertainment and historic lodging. There are 20 sites with state or national historical markers, including Salado Creek, the first Texas Natural Landmark to be designated by the Texas Historical Survey Committee.
Salado's Visitor Center is in a restored 1850s-era log cabin and offers information on local attractions and events, such as Salado on the Rocks, Salado Swirl, Chocolate and Wine Weekend, Christmas in October, Christmas Stroll, Wildflower Art Show and the Annual Art Fair.