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.


Arbor Day Foundation Names Salem Tree City USA

Salem was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. 

Salem achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community fore try budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Salem make smart investments in urban forests," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information on the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mi ion to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at


Egg-stravaganza in the Village!

The annual City of Salem Easter Event will be held in the Pioneer Village, Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 2:00pm-3:30pm for children ages preschool-5th grade.

Those participating in the event are Salem Public Library, Salem Parks and Recreation Department, John Hay Center Staff, Washington County Prevent Child Abuse Council, Salem Fire Department and Mayor Bower, Salem City Police Department, Soar!, WSLM, Meadow View Health and Rehab., Hoosier Uplands/Hoosier Uplands Home Health Care and Hospice, Hoosier Uplands Early Head Start and Hoosier Hills PACT.

There will be games, crafts, fun activities, candy, pictures with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera), and lots of fun!!

This is a free event to attend.  For more information you may call the Park and Rec. Office at 883-2895 or the Salem Public Library at 883-5600.

In the event of inclement weather, it will not be rescheduled.  


City to apply for housing grant money

Hoping to help senior citizens and those on disability to make minor improvements to their homes, the City of Salem is applying for housing grants from the state. The city is working with Administrative Resources association (ARa) out of Columbus.

A public meeting about this opportunity will be held March 17 at 2 p.m. and a hearing will take place the same day at 5:30 p.m. Both will be held in the council chambers. The city could receive anywhere from $150,000 to $350,000, depending on how much interest is shown in the community. The city will be required to provide a 10% match of the funds.


Public Meetings

Board of Public Works & Safety
04-13-2015 6:00 pm
Common Council Meeting
04-13-2015 7:00 pm
Board of Public Works & Safety
05-11-2015 6:00 pm

Community Events

Egg-stravaganza in the Village
03-28-2015 2:00 pm
Beck's Mill Open for the Season
04-10-2015 11:00 am
Giving from the Heart Spring Tea
04-18-2015 2:00 pm