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.


Community Block Development Grant awarded to Heart of Salem

The Heart of Salem Committee has been working on the Community Block Development Grant for approximately two years and the work has finally paid off!

The group learned in September they would be a recipient of a Community Block Development Grant. The group attended the Awards Ceremony for the Community Development Block Grants in Indianapolis on December 1st. The Heart of Salem/Main Street Committee was awarded a $400,000.00 grant for usage on the Salem Square. Priority usage of the grant will be sidewalk restructuring, new benches and planters, and the repair of sidewalk bricks.  

Pictured from left to right at the awards ceremony in image above: Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, City Councilman Wally Terkhorn, ARa representative Deb Lilly, City Councilman Warren Jones, City Clerk- Treasurer/Heart of Salem Member Pat Persinger, Heart of Salem Member/Mayor’s Asst. Joy Bierly, Councilman Justin Green, Councilman Ron Haendiges, Street Department Asst./Heart of Salem member Cindy Walton, Mayor David Bower, Park and Rec. Director/Heart of Salem member Denise Newkirk, and Salem Utilities Office Manager/Heart of Salem Chairperson, Carol Brough.


Christmas Card Artwork Winners

These are the 2014 Bradie Shrum Elementary School, City of Salem, Christmas Card Artwork Winners.  Each student K-5 submitted artwork to be placed on the front of the official City Christmas cards if chosen. One entry from each grade was selected.

The winners are pictured and listed below:

  • K-9  Macy Lowery
  • Room 106 Gavin Hunt
  • Room 205 Seth Ponsford
  • Room 306 Morgan Gilstrap
  • Room 400 Lakin Jerrell
  • Room 506 Emma Rockey

The students are pictured with Mayor David Bower and Santa. They enjoyed pizza and drinks while visiting City Hall, then traveled via police car back to school with City Police Officer Carey Cook.



Chamber of Commerce welcomes Santa Claus

Thanks to our title sponsor, First Harrison Bank, Santa will once again visit with children in his vacation home on the Historic Salem Square on weekends beginning in December. Be sure to bring your little ones to visit with Santa Claus this Christmas season. 

Santa House Hours on the Salem Square:

  • Friday, Dec. 19th - 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 20th - 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 21st - 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 22nd - 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Santa House Official Sponsors: 

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Public Meetings

Plan Commission Meeting
12-22-2014 7:00 pm
Called Council Meeting - Agenda Posted
12-23-2014 5:00 pm

Community Events

Frostbite 5K Run/Walk
01-03-2015 9:00 am