SALADO — I haven’t been to Salado very often, but what a cute little town! People actually walk down the streets, visit, browse and shop. It’s frankly like something out of a TV show.
I heard that the Salado Museum would be hosting a military exhibit throughout the month of July, so I decided to go check it out myself. The entrance to the museum is through the Salado Chamber of Commerce. A lady greeted us, told us about the military exhibit and let us browse on our own. The museum is very small, but the items inside were very interesting.
One of my favorites was a display in honor of Grace Jones, not the famous singer, but a Texas girl who joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots, also known as WASP, during World War II and delivered fighter planes during the war. After the war ended, Jones became a model, married and settled down in Salado, opening an internationally famous couture fashion store called Grace Jones of Salado, which eventually closed in 2000.
Clothing, photos and other memorabilia adorn the military exhibit, with hundreds of images of the 4th Infantry Division from World War I to Vietnam. The images showed the gritty side of war and also captured the moments the Soldiers were able to kick back for a few minutes and relax. I found the photos to be a very interesting look back into those times. I also found it interesting to see how the images went from black and white during WWI, to partially color at the beginning of Vietnam and then full color by the end of Vietnam.
Among the photos were also safety flyers. I cracked up laughing about this one that should be in use today. It read, “Cover Coughs Cover Sneezes,” with a picture of a guy I assume is supposed to be coughing, but it looks like he is vomiting all over the guy next to him. The two guys in the photo next to the Soldier coughing look completely disgusted.
There were helmets on a table alongside a beautiful frame of service medals. A book titled “Infantry Drill Regulations United States Army – Corrected to May 6, 1918,” looked to still be in excellent condition after more than 100 years. I’m sure that book has a lot of interesting information within its pages.
The grounds of the old Salado College, organized in 1859, are located beside the museum. The grounds are part of the museum and include the ruins of Salado College. Located on the grounds is a monument of Col. E.S.C. Robertson, who donated 10 acres of land for the college, along with 90 additional acres to raise money for the school. The 90 acres were established as the Village of Salado the same year.
Overall, I found the museum very interesting. It was small, but it was also free and helps take you out of the summer heat, so there’s no complaining, unless you choose to walk around the grounds of the Salado College.
The Salado Museum is located at 423 South Main Street in Salado. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.