Introduction to Saline, Michigan
Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this area. Before white settlers arrived, the area was well known for its wildlife and salt deposits. French explorers, who arrived in the 18th century, were primarily involved in harvesting salt. They named the river "Saline", which is a French word meaning "salty" or "saline". Numerous English and German settlers arrived in in the 19th century. Orange Risdon, a surveyor, is credited with founding the community. Along with other residents, he christened the town "Saline", after the river. Saline was officially established in 1832, and was incorporated as a city in 1931.
Saline and Nearby Attractions
- Monroe County Historical Museum
- Croswell Opera House
- Hudson Mills Metropolitan Park
- Hidden Lake Gardens
- Furstenberg Nature Area
Things To Do In Saline
Plymouth Historical Museum, Lenawee County Historical Society Museum, and Monroe County Historical Museum, all located within 20 miles of Saline, showcase exhibits reflecting the historical and cultural background of the region. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has interactive exhibits, and includes a rock wall and a preschool gallery. Croswell Opera House is a historic site located close to the city. Various recreational facilities, including golf courses, are available at the Lower Huron Metropolitan Park, and Hudson Mills Metropolitan Park. Pinckney State Recreation Area, Delhi Metropark, and Dexter-Huron Metropark offer opportunities for fishing, picnicking, and canoeing. Hidden Lake Gardens is another popular place to visit near Saline. In addition, the community organizes the popular Celtic Festival, which is an annual event featuring historical reenactments and live entertainment.
Ann Arbor Municipal Airport is the nearest major airport.
Saline Higher Education
Colleges near Saline are Washtenaw Community College, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Madonna University.