New Book Celebrates the History of Salado

Two local authors team up to share the history using striking, vintage images
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Feb. 26, 2014 - PRLog -- Releasing on February 3, 2014 is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series Salado by Mary Harrison Hodge and Charlene Ochsner Carson. The story of Salado is told through more than 200 vintage images that illustrate the frontier spirit of Salado’s rich, diverse history.

Salado explores the formation of the small village in Central Texas, as well as one of the first colleges in the state of Texas, Salado College, founded the same year as the village in the late 1850s.  Through vintage images the book displays how it took vision, courage and determination to establish a college in a Texas frontier town where the streets had been pounded out of the dust by cattle and cowboys alike. Images also depict one of the village’s first homes, a 22-room Classic Revival plantation house, which still sits today in the midst of a ranch covering several thousand acres and other stately homes.

The book highlights scenes of Salado’s post and illuminates the area’s modern identity by discussing the village’s history through anecdotes and captions. Authors Mary Harrison Hodge and Charlene Oshsner Carson hope that their new pictorial history book will help “readers realize that Salado is indeed a historic treasure that offers a life-style worthy of preservation.”

Highlights of Salado include:

•The Gault site, one of Salado’s closest neighbors, is thought to be one of the sites of the earliest humans in America.
•Salado Creek, a favorite Indian campground due to its charm and beauty, was also a stopping spot for early travelers and traders.
•Images of the many early homes that are still standing and are still in use today.
•The Stagecoach Inn, the longest continuously operating hotel in Texas and thought to be the oldest remaining structure in Salado dating back to 1852.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit
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