THIS IS A STOP ON THE SALADO NATIONAL LANDMARKS TOUR - PLEASE RESPECT THE PROPERTY OF ANY PRIVATE BUSINESS OR RESIDENTS AT THIS LANDMARK.
Begun in 1852 to serve travelers along the old stage route, the Stagecoach Inn is thought to be the oldest remaining structure in Salado. The simple, somewhat primitive wood-frame building of two stories is a good example of frontier vernacular architecture. It features a rectangular plan, and has a two-tiered portico supported by square columns running the length of the front (east) facade. A simple balustrade encloses the second-story balcony. The front facade is broken with a series of single doors and double-hung windows with six-over-six lights placed apparently randomly or as need called for. An addition was made to the rear of the building in the 1940s and again in the 1950s, to accommodate a growing restaurant clientele. These additions are not visible from public approaches to the building,and hence do not compromise the building's historic integrity.