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.


Senior Center Baked Spaghetti Dinner

The Salem Senior Center is having a baked spaghetti dinner Saturday, September 13, from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad and dessert. Tickets are $5 before the event and $6 at the door. An auction will be held at 6 pm.

All proceeds will go to senior programs. 


Flag Football Registration

Salem Parks and Recreation Flag Football Registration will be held in Park and Rec. Office located at 201 East Market Street. This program is for Washington County students grades K-2. It will include instruction on plays, fundamentals, skills, and games.

Flag Football sign up dates are as follows:

  • August 18, 9:00 - 11:00am
  • August 20, 2:00 - 4:30pm
  • August 21, 3:00 - 5:00pm
  • August 25, 3:00 - 5:00pm
  • August 27, 3:00 - 5:00pm

The games will be held September 6, 13, 20, and 27th, from 9:00 - 11:00am. Children will meet behind the Salem Elementary School each Saturday morning. Fee is $25.00 per player. You may call the P&R Office for more information at 883-2895.


Ferrenburg joins Salem Fire Department

Josh Ferrenburg was sworn in as the newest member of the Salem Fire Department Thursday afternoon. The department is now back to eight full time firemen.

Ferrenburg, who graduated from Columbus East in 2005, recently moved to Salem with his wife, Natalie, and their three girls, ages 6, 3, and 7 months.

When asked why he decided to come back to his home town, Ferrenburg said he just recently got out of the Army and wanted to raise his girls in the town where he grew up.

“It’s nice to be back,” he said.

Ferrenburg has been a volunteer with the City of Columbus Fire Department since 2006.

Fire Chief Tom Day said Ferrenburg will be a great addition to the department.

“You don’t always get someone with the experience he has,” said Day. “We are looking forward to having him.”

Ferrenburg fills the full time spot that was vacated by Matt Kidd. Kidd still works for the department on a part-time basis.

There were 10 qualified applicants who vied for the open position. They had to pass a physical, agility test, a written aptitude test and participate in an oral interview that was scored.

Service & Education Events

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Public Meetings

Board of Aviation Meeting - Agenda Posted
09-17-2014 7:00 pm
Urban Beautification Board Meeting
09-18-2014 12:00 pm
Plan Commission Meeting
09-22-2014 7:00 pm

Community Events

Friday Night on the Square
09-19-2014 5:00 pm
Old Settlers Days
09-20-2014 10:00 am
Old Settlers Days
09-21-2014 12:00 pm