Salem is an independent city located in Virginia, bordered by the city of Roanoke and Roanoke County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 24,747. It is the county seat of Roanoke County.
Roanoke College is located in the city. The NCAA Division III football championship game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, is played here annually. Salem is also the home to a minor league baseball team, the Salem Avalanche.
Europeans first explored the area of Salem in the 1670s. Fort Lewis was constructed to the west of the town in 1752. The town was founded in 1802, and received its charter in 1806. The Virginia Collegiate Institute, later Roanoke College, arrived in 1847. Salem was attacked twice during the American Civil War, but its Salem Flying Artillery was said to have fired the last Confederate shot of the war.
Salem annexed South Salem in 1953 and an eastern tract in 1960, giving it a population of 16,058 and thus making it Virginia's largest town at that time. Salem officially became a city on December 31, 1967.
Web Sites and Links
City of SalemThe official home page for Salem.
Salem Visitor's CenterGuide of things to do and sights to see in Salem.
SalemVa.comInformation on education, community, business, sports, news, and chat rooms.
Wikipedia - SalemInformation and statistics from Wikipedia.