Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.


Salem Parks and Recreation Youth Football Sign ups Announced

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department will hold Youth Football registration Sunday August 2nd from 1-4pm and Sunday August 9th from 1-3pm in the Auxiliary Gym at the Salem High School.

City of Salem FootballThe program is open to students within Salem, West Washington, and East Washington School districts, 3rd – 6th graders.  

The fee is $40.00 per player.  Equipment will be fitted and issued during sign ups, and parents must attend a mandatory meeting.  League Director Bubba Abbott will go over a number of issues, including safety, policies, and other pertinent information for season.  Director and coaches are USA/Heads Up Football trained and certified.


Season game play begins September 13th and will run approximately through October 25th. 

For information you may call the Salem Parks and Recreation Department at 812-883-2895.


Grand Opening of the Community Fitness Park

Community Park - Salem IndianaThe Awareness Washington County (AWC) Class of 2014 is pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING of its class project – the COMMUNITY FITNESS PARK – on Thursday, July 9 at 5 pm. The public is invited and food and drink will be available. Come celebrate the opening of this family friendly park which is located at the corner of Homer and Mill Streets in Salem, Indiana. The Community Fitness Park is in close proximity to the Walking Trail, contains 9 pieces of permanent outdoor exercise equipment and is free to the public.

The Salem Tree Board has generously agreed to provide and plant shade trees at the site. Picnic tables made by local craftsman Jacob Schmidt will be placed among the trees. 

Further local support has come from equipment sponsors, as well as materials and financial donors; Eddie Gilstrap Motors, John Jones, St. Vincent Salem Hospital, Salem Crossing, GKN, Senior Citizens Center, Jeans Extrusions, City of Salem Parks and Recreation, Jason Wade State Farm, La Gene’s Jewelers, Quick Seal, Meadowview, Fox Purlee, Knapp Miller Brown, Marshall Monuments, Salem Lumber, Deer Country, Ace Hardware, Ewen Insurance, Anne Terrell and Tom Fultz.  Residents of the immediate neighborhood have donated good will, valuable advice and insight as well as tools. The class extends a special thank you to Temple and Temple, who excavated and drilled through rock in order to prepare the site; without their help, the project would have been impossible at its current location.  Property was donated by the City of Salem; it was formerly owned and donated by the Tarr family. 


Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer nominations are now open

Indiana 2016Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) today announced the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

“Being selected as an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Hoosiers,” Lt. Governor Ellspermann said. “We look forward to honoring Indiana’s history while also optimistically looking forward to the future during this momentous event for Indiana.”

The online nomination form is available here: 

The nomination period ends on December 31, 2015. Once all nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process will be employed in each county to select torchbearers.  Nomination committees have been formed in each county to manage this process on a county-by-county basis. 

Service & Education Events

There are no up-coming events

Public Meetings

Board of Public Works & Safety
08-10-2015 6:00 pm
Common Council Meeting
08-10-2015 7:00 pm
Board of Public Works & Safety
09-14-2015 6:00 pm

Community Events

Beck's Mill 207th Birthday Party
08-22-2015 11:00 am
Friday Night on the Salem Square
09-18-2015 6:00 pm
Old Settlers Days
09-19-2015 10:00 am