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.


City receives funding from Office of Community and Rural Affairs Award Infrastructure Grant

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced today nearly $14 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 28 rural Hoosier communities across 5 programs.

Applications for Round 2 of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) were due to OCRA on September 1, 2017. The State of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities in an effort to ensure health and safety, and to improve the quality of life of citizens.

“As Indiana’s Secretary of Rural Development, I’m excited that we’re awarding $14 million to 28 rural communities across Indiana,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “These Community Development Block Grants will spur economic revitalization and community development, promote health and well-being, and help cities, towns and counties improve their quality of place and residents’ quality of life.”

The goals of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program (WDW) are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities, and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible WDW projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.

The City of Salem has been awarded $550,000 for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. The project will make improvements to their wastewater treatment plant that was severely damaged in a flood event that the City experiences in May of 2017. It will benefit residents by addressing a severely damaged and failing wastewater treatment plant and help keep wastewater rates affordable to the residents.


Halloween Fun for all Ages

Celebrate the holiday season with these Halloween related community events. 

  • Halloween Fun in the Pioneer Village - Saturday October 28th 5:00pm - 6:30pm (come in costume) Activities include candy, line dancing, haunted woods, lots of fun. Many local organizations participating in this event. 
  • Halloween Parade on the Salem Square - Saturday, October 28, 6:30pm Halloween Parade on the Salem Square, Sponsored by Turtlefish Clothing Co. (Proceeds going to Christmas Assistance Program)
  • Old Settlers Haunted Village - (Admission Fee) Saturday, October 28, 8:30-11:30pm Ages 12 years and older, Old Settlers Haunted Village, Sponsored by the Old Settlers Committee. $10.00 per person.
  • Night at the Movies - The YMCA will hold their “Night at the Movies” Halloween, October 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Y. Candy, Games, and Fun!
  • Trick-or-Treating - Trick or Treating will be on Tuesday October 31 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

For more information, you may call the Parks & Recreation office at 812-883-2895.


Parks and Rec. Wraps Up Another Flag Football Season

Pictured are Kindergarten – 2nd graders from Washington County enjoying the last Saturday of flag football.

Players received tee shirts, mouth guards and snacks after the game. The 2017 season was under the direction of Ricky Lincks.

Service & Education Events

There are no up-coming events

Public Meetings

Board of Public Works Meeting
11-13-2017 6:00 pm
City Council Meeting
11-13-2017 6:30 pm
Board of Public Works Meeting
12-11-2017 6:00 pm

Community Events

Oktoberfest at Beck's Mill
10-28-2017 11:00 am
Trick or Treating
10-31-2017 6:00 pm