Located along Rt 50 about 15 miles west of Clarksburg, Salem has a population of about 2000. It is the home of Salem International University and the West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth (see previous post). It's also home of the Apple Butter Fesitval each summer.
Salem International University was founded as Salem College by the Seventh Day Baptist Church in 1888. It soon became a non-sectarian nonprofit college. Over the next 100 years, the school continued as a liberal arts, teacher education, and nursing college. In 1989 it formed an alliance with Tokyo University, which changed the focus of the school to one of education of international students in a unique atmosphere. Salem College was renamed Salem-Teikyo University. The alliance with Teikyo ended in 2000, when the school was purchased by investors from Singapore. At that time, the school changed its name to Salem International University. Salem International University was acquired by Salem Education, LLC in June 2005.
For more information on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem,_West_Virginia
Historical Marker located along Main St about 1/4 mile west of downtown.
There is a memorial located alongside the marker with this cool cannon.
A little better view of the marker and memorial area.
View of downtown Salem, looking westbound on Main St.
This historic old train depot in downtown Salem burned in late 2008, taking with it many irreplaceable photos and artifacts.