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Explore Salem's Rich Past

Exploring Salem means exploring a community rich with history. This spot along the Willamette River has drawn people since before recorded history, when the resident Kalapuya tribe called the area Chim-i-ki-ti, meaning “meeting or resting place.” Salem was founded in 1842 and became the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1851. It has served as the capital of the State of Oregon since its establishment in 1859. Cityofsalem.net offers many resources to help you explore, celebrate and preserve Salem’s history.