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Salado, Texas

A travel journal to Salado by Mermaid

Quote: A tiny town with a lot of character a couple places to swim.

Salado, Texas

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Overview

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Aside from swimming, there's Mrs. Wigglesworth's store which almost defies description (antiques, candles, potpourri, crafts, all in a renovated house), the Salado Mansion (restaurant in a restored farm house) and a pink tea room. Salado has become sort of a touristy destination between Austin and Dallas just off I35. It's a very small town with one main street, yet it's packed with visitors every weekend. Quick Tips: You can easily see all of Salado on foot. Park on Main Street and explore the shops, then head down to the creek that parallels Main Street to see the old swimming hole and the park. There aren't many amenities, but if you like to wade in the creek, this is the place to do it...Read More

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Story/Tip

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Salado, which means ‘salty’, is an old Tawakoni Indian settlement, although Paleo-Indian tribes were there even earlier. Bustillo y Ceballos probably stopped here, too. Originally called Salado Springs, it was settled in 1851 by Archibald Willingham and became a well-known stage stop on the Chisholm Trail. A stone wall was erected around the springs to keep the cattle out, since the springs supplied water for the town. Today it is a large, wide swimming hole behind a dam located downtown. One hundred years ago, the springs gushed so strongly that they produced a five-foot fountain. Between 1851 and 1868, eleven mills were built in Salado around the springs.



Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

W.A. Pace Park

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Attraction

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W.A. Pace Park This park was given to the people of Salado by John W. and Elizabeth Pace Hodges in honor of their parents, William Alexander Pace and Sarah Jane Hankons Pace, on August 16, 1936. The land was once at the northwest corner of a 100-acre tract set aside by Colonel E.C. Robertson in 1859 to be sold to benefit Salado College. The property was purchased by a man named Stinnett who resold it to Pace in 1888. Pace was a Virginian who came to Texas to farm and had 17 children with his wife. During the Civil War, Pace Park was a safe haven to Company G. Pace Park is a very simple park with few amenities. The main attractions are Salado Creek and lots of open, grassy space. The creek is sh...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

W.A. Pace Park
The end of Main Street on the Creek
Salado, Texas

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