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SALEM, TEXAS (Smith County). Salem is on Farm Road 15, two light-duty roads, and two dirt roads four miles east of Troup in southeastern Smith County. Denton Creek runs through the area, which was originally part of the Juan Vargas Survey. It had been settled by 1903, when county records showed a one-teacher school there, with fifty-three white students. In 1936 Salem comprised one business, two schools, and some forty farms. The 604 white students had twenty-three teachers, while the 101 black children of school age were not enrolled. By 1952 Salem had been consolidated into the Troup Independent School District, and in 1965 the community had about ten dwellings and the Salem Cemetery. A 1973 map showed a church and a small cluster of dwellings on Farm Road 15; Salem was still shown on the 1981 county highway map.


Edward Clayton Curry, An Administrative Survey of the Schools of Smith County, Texas (M.Ed. thesis, University of Texas, 1938). "School Sights," Chronicles of Smith County, Fall 1969. Smith County Historical Society, Historical Atlas of Smith County (Tyler, Texas: Tyler Print Shop, 1965).

Vista K. McCroskey


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Vista K. McCroskey, "SALEM, TX (SMITH COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 08, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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