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Texas in Review - Salado (1957)

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  •  Salado, Texas, US Hwy 81 
  •  Salado Creek 
  •  First footbridge in Texas constructed 
  •  Old Davis Mill 
  •  Colonel Elijah Sterling Clack Robertson house 
  •  Sterling's Castle 
  •  Salado College,built 1859, history 
  •  College destroyed by fire 
  •  Stagecoach Inn, Shady Villa and the Pony Express 
  •  Cave near inn where many famous people stayed 
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This clip, originally aired as part of the August 19, 1957 episode of "Texas in Review," gives an overview of the historic town of Salado on the eve of a major highway rerouting that would divert traffic away from the community. Framed as an answer to the question "What can be found on the scenic detour of Old Highway 81," the film highlights the town's attractions. Among the sites included are Salado Creek, the Robertson home - a traditional 22-room plantation mansion and grounds, the ruins of Salado College, and the Stagecoach Inn.

"Texas in Review" was a television series sponsored by the Humble Oil & Refining Company.  Originally produced in a news-like format by Fort Worth's Channel 5, the series was later given to the Jamieson Film Company, who developed its newsreel and TV-magazine style. For five years, Jamieson produced the program in its entirety (writing, filming, editing), until recession-induced budget cuts caused Humble Oil to cancel it in 1958. While on air in Dallas, it enjoyed the prime time spot between the popular "Burns & Allen" and "I Love Lucy."