Salado lies between Austin and Waco and was one of the earliest settlements in Texas. Centuries before the Spanish came through and named the spot, it was a campground for tribes including the Tonkawa, hunting buffalo and other wild game attracted to the mineral water springs. The Village was founded in 1859 along with Salado College. The Chisholm Trail came right down Main street bringing through the stagecoach lines that served central Texas. The first wire cable suspension bridge in the country was built over the creek to allow better passage. Salado's revitalization started in the 1940s as news spread of The Stagecoach Inn's dining room, and the founding of the Central Texas Area Museum. Over 130 friendly businesses, and old world hospitality has led to the popularity of this village today.