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Airport Salem Municipal AirportThe Salem Municipal Airport is a public-use, unmanned, general aviation airport. The airport is undergoing continuous improvements with grants from the federal government, including a newly resurfaced runway, and plans for an improved taxiway and ramp area.

Airport Identifier: K33
Runway ID:
Runway Length:
2998 ft
1241 ft
pilot controlled
100LL self-serve with credit card

A heated pilot facilty provides access to maps, telephone, and restroom, and can be unlocked using the Springfield VOR frequency on the combination keypad. There are 12 hangars, ranging from open "T" hangars to larger, enclosed hangars. For questions about hangar leasing, contact the Salem City Clerk at 573-729-5211, or e-mail-

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Cemetery Cedar Grove CemeteryCedar Grove Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Dent County.  It consists of approximately 38 acres that are managed by the City of Salem.  It is located on Hwy 32 E or Scenic Rivers Blvd in the city limits of Salem.  For information on plots, opening graves, etc contact the Salem City Clerk at 573-729-5211, or e-mail-  For directions and map to additional cemeteries in Dent County click here.

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City Hall The Salem City Hall is located at the corners of Washington and Second Streets. It is a three-story building with the city auditorium on the main floor. There are a number of activities held regularly at this site. The auditorium is equipped with a public address system and has a capacity of over 400 people. There is a kitchen in the basement of the building. This facility can be rented for community events. For details and rental terms, call 729-4811. Some of the regular scheduled activities in the city hall are:
  • Friday Night Music
  • Drivers License Testing - The state of Missouri Drivers License testing takes place in the basement of the City Hall. This is scheduled by the Mo Highway Patrol and is normally held on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays of each month.
  • Adult Basic Literacy Program - The Adult Basic Literacy Program is headquartered in the basement of the City Hall. This program is open to individual seeking to enhance their education skills. The program prepares students for high school equivalency testing. The staff is housed in the only office in the basement. You may contact the director by calling 729-4224
  • City Council Chambers - The Salem City Council Chambers are located in the basement area on the east side (Hwy 19) side of the City Hall. The council regularly meets on the first and third Monday nights at 7:00 pm. For details or a copy of the agenda, call 729-4811.

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Salem Freedom Activity Center Freedom Activity CenterThe Salem Freedom Activity Center is located at 1200 W Rolla Road. It is home to the Salem TCRC, a gymnasium / auditorium, the Salem Fittness Center and the Park and Recreation Office for the City of Salem. The City purchased the former Mo National Guard Building from the state of Missouri and has renovated it for use of local citizens with a focuses on educational and recreational activities.

Salem TCRC The Salem TCRC is a cooperative effort of the University of Missouri and local partners that provides technological resources for graduate and selected undergraduate education, continuing education, workshops for professional development and other educational information. Individuals have access to local, national and global information/connections with interactive video, networked computers and a computer lab.

The Salem TCRC allows learners to take courses and participate in programs without having to travel a great distance. Public access computer terminals at the Salem TCRC also provide area citizens free access to the Internet.

The Salem TCRC was established through a Memorandum of Agreement in February 2000 between the Bank of Salem, City of Salem, Salem Memorial District Hospital, Salem R-80 School District, Town and County Bank, U.S. Foodservice and University of Missouri Extension. The Salem TCRC's open house was held in November 2000. Salem was the ninth TeleCenter Network site to be developed.

Salem Fitness Center The Salem Fitness Center operates in the Freedom Activity Center. It was established through a grant received from the Missouri Hospital Association and administered by the Missouri Department of Health through a contract with the Community Health Assistance Resource Team (CHART) and a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Enrollment is ongoing for residents age 21 and older. The program is designed to help participants focus on risk factors for heart disease. The program guides, supports and promotes a better quality of life for members, through assessment, medical screening, exercise, diet and educational programs. It is based on guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association, American Council on Exercise, American Dietetic Association, and the Cooper Institute. For more information, call (573) 739-1127 or go to

Gymnasium The Freedom Activity Center gymnasium is utilized for City of Salem Sports programs, and scheduled private community activities. For reservations, information and rental terms call 729-4811.

Parks and Recreation Office The Parks and Recreation office is located near the front of the Freedom Activity Center. Office hours are flexible. You may contact the Director by calling 729-6290.

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Masters Industrial ParkMasters Industrial ParkThe city’s Industrial Park east of Salem has prime lots, with full services: electric, water, sewer, fire and police protection. Five acre lots are available that require no exchange of money for qualifying industries. The industrial park is located in an enterprise zone that can provide most new developments with lucrative tax incentives.

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Parks The City of Salem has parks in six different locations, as well as a gymnasium for indoor basketball and other recreational activities. For more information about the Parks and Recreation Department program and facilities, click here.

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Salem Pool PhotoPool The Alice Lou Craig Municipal Pool is located at the City Park on Rolla Rd. The modern 265,000-gallon outdoor pool operates during the summer months while school is not in session. For more information about the Pool and Aquatic Programs, click here.

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Shelter Houses Shelter House at Salem City ParkThe Parks and Recreation Department will reserve the picnic shelter houses located in the Salem Park for your special outing or reunion. Reservations must be made in person and fees are to be paid when the reservation is made. To find out about the availability of any shelter at the park, contact the Salem Pool at 729-6290 or if the pool is closed, contact the City Hall at 729-4811.

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Salem City Library Salem Public LibraryThe Salem Public Library, located at the corner of Second and Jackson Streets, has been serving the community for more than 70 years. It is funded by a city property tax designated for the purpose of operating a public library in the city of Salem.

Its collection includes over 30,000 items. Present library cardholders total 4,338. Five Internet accessible computers are available for the public. In addition, there are two online library catalogs and one Internet computer that has adaptive hardware and software.

The library has an adult program entitled "Book Talk," during which interested patrons get together and informally discuss pre-selected books. For the younger children, a pre-school story time is scheduled on the first Tuesday and Thursday of every month throughout the year. Summer reading programs are planned each year in July for kindergarten through sixth grade. Schedules are available at the circulation desk with dates, times and program themes for both adult and children's programs.

The library was first established around 1930 as a project of the Salem Fortnightly Club. In May of 1936, the trustees of the Salem Episcopal Church donated the original building to be used as a library. In the beginning, books for the library were mostly those on loan from the State Library. In 1937, the library had about 2,000 books. In 1944, the first city taxes were collected to support the library.

Among the first additions to the building were a reading room and a furnace. In 1964, a second expansion project was completed adding a stack room, office and new metal bookshelves. In 1993, the library added a public meeting room, new stack room, new handicapped accessible restrooms and a new staff workroom. The library purchased an automation system with two public access computers (automated card catalogs) in 1996 to facilitate circulation. This automation system was updated in 2001. The new system includes a library webpage and online catalog.

The Salem Public Library continually strives to stay current by purchasing reading materials and technological equipment to serve the needs of our community.
Phone: 729-4331

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri.
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday

A book depository is available on the north side of the building.

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Special thanks to The Salem News for the generous use of many of the photos in this website.

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