Introduction to Salem, Illinois
Salem, Illinois, in Marion county, is 72 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri.
Salem is the county seat of Marion County, which was established in 1823. It was created out of parts of Fayette and Jefferson Counties. The county was named in honor of Revolutionary War General Francis Marion.
Salem and nearby Attractions
- Washington County State Recreation Area
- Jefferson County Historical Village
- Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
- William Jennings Bryan Museum
- South Shore State Park
Things To Do In Salem
Local parks include the Washington County State Recreation Area, South Shore State Park, the Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area and the Carlyle Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area. The William Jennings Bryan Museum, the Heritage House Museum, Cedarhurst and the Jefferson County Historical Village are some of the nearby museums and historical sites. The community hosts the Marion County Fair every July.
Air transportation is available from Williamson County Regional Airport.
Salem Higher Education
John A. Logan College, Lakeland College and Lewis and Clark Community College are all nearby.