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.


Christopher The Christmas Tree Coming to City Hall

Whoot! Whoot! Whoot………come join those from the Salem Parks and Rec., Salem Public Library, Hoosier Hill PACT, Prevent Child Abuse Council, and WSLM Radio along with Whooty the Owl, Christopher the Christmas Tree, and all their animal friends from the Valley of Hidden Hollow. The movie is approximately 30 minutes. Popcorn and other treats will be provided.

The event will be held Tuesday December 1, 7:00-8:00pm, 201 East Market Street, Salem City Hall, Council Chambers.

Christmas Tree BookChristopher the Christmas Tree was created by Salem’s own George Bowers. He has performed for thousands of children over the past 40 years. The movie has played in the United States on National Network television, Canada, and other countries. There is a Christopher Christmas Tree planted in DePauw Park, Salem, in honor of the story. It is also a prestigious selection placed in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

This is a free event for the community, but seating is limited. 

For more information you may call the Park and Rec. Office at 883-2895.


Utility Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The utility office will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving. Please use this site to make a utility payment.

We will re-open the office on Monday, November 30th at 8:30am.

If you have an emergency and need to contact someone before Monday, please call the Salem Police Department at 812-883-1524.

Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Garbage & Recycling Pickup Schedule

City of Salem Garbage Pick Up for Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26th) will be on regular schedule.
City of Salem Recycling Pick Up for Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26th) will be Wednesday, November 25th.

Main Street, Heart of Salem Project Underway

City of Salem Road WorkAfter the Salem Water Department installed eleven new water meters on the Salem Square, the Salem Main Street "Heart of Salem" project has finally begun.  Over the next three months there will be replaced and repaired pavers, new trash receptacles, benches, and flower/tree containers.  Also they will be working on easier handicapped sidewalk accessibility.  This is all part of a $400,000.00 Main Street Grant awarded to the City of Salem.



Jump Start Events

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department along with the Salem Public Library recently took part in the Salem and West Washington "Jump Start" events.  These are very worthwhile causes to supply children with items they need in order to begin school. 

Pictured is Donna Hurst with the Salem Public Library.


Super Hero Night at the Museum

"Super Hero Night at the Museum", included handmade capes, popcorn, and drinks, as these "Super Hero" kids flew down the alley to Salem City Hall to watch a free sponsored by the Salem Parks and Recreation Department, Salem Public Library, and Washington County Prevent Child Abuse Council.  All a part of the "Super Heroes" Summer Events.

Service & Education Events

There are no up-coming events

Public Meetings

Board of Public Works & Safety
12-14-2015 6:00 pm
Common Council Meeting
12-14-2015 7:00 pm

Community Events

Christopher the Christmas Tree
12-01-2015 7:00 pm
Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
12-05-2015 6:00 pm