Hawthorn School


Salem, Marion County, Illinois


Gateway of Little Egypt



Salem is located at the intersection of Interstate 57 and Route 50, seventy-five miles east of St. Louis, Missouri. Salem was founded in 1823 as the County Seat of Marion County. We are proud of its contribution to the nation. One of its greatest sons is William Jennings Bryan, the "Silver Tongued Orator". Salem is an oil town and has one of the largest oilfields in the country. It has also been an important railroad town, even to this day. Salem is also the birthplace of the G.I. Bill of Rights. We are proud of our town and its history, and we welcome all who would like to see our past and join us in making history for the future.

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