Salado, Texas

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Salado (pronounced /səˈleɪdoʊ/) is a village in Bell County, Texas, United States. Salado was incorporated in 2003, before which point it was a census-designated place (CDP). The population of the CDP was 3,475 at the 2000 census. It is part of the KilleenTempleFort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The town is home to the Stagecoach Inn, the oldest continuously running hotel in Texas.

George Washington Baines, a prominent Baptist clergyman in three states and the maternal great-grandfather of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, lived in Salado in his last years. Baines' home is a national historic landmark.


Geography and natural history

Salado is located at 30°57′19″N 97°32′05″W / 30.955225°N 97.534610°W / 30.955225; -97.534610.[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 17.0 square miles (44.1 km2), all land.

Salado is located along the Balcones Fault, which causes the appearance of surface waters. The fault line is also a demarcation line for some species' natural ranges. For example, the California Fan Palm, Washingtonia filifera occurs strictly west of Salado or the Balcones Fault.

The Salado Creek was selected as the first Texas Natural Landmark.


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