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The Inn at Salado Bed and Breakfast resides in the
in the center of Salado, Bell County, Texas. An
integral part of the historic fabric of Salado, the
house was built circa 1871 by Mr. Edward R. A.
Buckles, who was the owner of the famous Stagecoach
Inn and one of the founders of the city.
The Norton-Orgain House sits on a site believed to
have been a part of the land that impresario
Sterling C. Robertson contracted to settle in the
1820's. After disputes with Mexico, The Republic of
Texas, and the State of Texas as to the ownership of
the land, Elijah S. C. Robertson received title to
approximately 1,280 acres which included the site
upon which the house now sits. Historically, the
site included a cistern in the rear and a picket
fence between the house and the old Goodnight Cattle
Trail. No remains of other structures have been
Prior to his ownership of the Norton-Orgain House,
Nimrod Lindsay Norton had an illustrious history in
Kentucky and Missouri. Norton was born in 1830 near
Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky. His
parents were also children of American pioneers who
contributed to the American Revolution. After
education at Fredonia Military Academy in western
New York and at the Kentucky Military Institute,
Norton moved to Missouri and began farming. The
Civil War saw Norton organize a company of troops
and rise to the rank of Colonel as a Field Staff
Officer to General Sterling Price. In May of 1864,
Norton was elected to serve as a Missouri
representative in the Second Confederate States
Orgain and his wife, Kate Alma, were significant figures in Salado
Texas throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. John
Orgain was born in 1829 near Paris, Tennessee and after coming to
Central Texas, he was considered to have been one of the founders of
Salado in 1859 while managing the family farm near Hutto. After
being wounded while seeing limited duty during the Civil War, Orgain
returned to the Salado area to pursue businesses which included the
Davis Mill and other enterprises with Captain Barbee. John Orgain
was later instrumental in the organization of Thomas Arnold High
School and served as County Superintendent of Schools in 1898.
Kate Alma Galvin Orgain was born in Chicago of wealthy parents. After her education was completed, she moved to the Round Rock area where she taught music and art.
After her marriage to John, Kate taught school at Salado College in the late 1860's. During this time, Kate served as the first President of the "Amasavourian" reading society. This group, whose name literally means "love of knowing," raised funds for the purchase of books which became the basis for the Salado circulating library. Beginning in 1890, Kate taught music for several years in Thomas Arnold High School.
Frustrated at the lack of reading and teaching materials available, Kate wrote or edited several books from 1900 to 1904 which included, Southern Authors in Poetry,
Supplementary Reader and A Waif from Central Texas which was later published in The Bohemian - a nationally distributed literary magazine.
It seems most fitting
that the Norton-Orgain house should be recognized with a Texas
Historical Marker. The house, a fine example of the Greek Revival
style in Central Texas, is an integral part of the historic
community of Salado, and was the home for many years of individuals
who made very significant contributions to the growth and
development of the State of Texas.