During the Christmas Holiday, we visited with our son and his family in Austin, Texas. After a few days of celebrations and feasting, we took a ride to a small, historic town north of the city. Our destination was The Village of Salado where the shops and stores still boasted Christmas decorations. An interesting place, it was founded in 1859 at the Old Military Road crossing of the Salado Creek. At that time, the local Bell County leaders encouraged the building of Salado College that was simultaneously established. A viable settlement ensued with agricultural and industrial enterprises including a grist mill by the Salado Creek. The Salado College existed until 1885. From 1890 until 1913, the old stone college building became a private high school, Thomas Arnold High School. Among its graduates was a Rhodes Scholar. The Chisholm Trail followed Main Street and stage lines servicing Central Texas included Salado as one of their stops. In 1869, the town boasted the first bridge built in the county, a wire cable suspension bridge which stood until the great flood of 1900. By 1884, Salado was a thriving town but soon the railroads were built to the north and east of town drawing most of the trade away from town. The late 1880’s saw the town’s population diminishing until, in 1914 its population was but 400 and by 1950 its population was just slightly over 200. Rebirth of the town began in the 1940’s with gradual growth as people became attracted to some of its dining and cultural amenities. As we meandered through the quaint shops, it became evident that this town is a drawing point for those seeking area antiques, art galleries and crafts in addition to unique cultural activities.