Saltillo, Tennessee

Saltillo, Tennessee

Location of Saltillo, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°22′50″N 88°12′44″W / 35.38056°N 88.21222°W / 35.38056; -88.21222Coordinates: 35°22′50″N 88°12′44″W / 35.38056°N 88.21222°W / 35.38056; -88.21222
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hardin
  Total 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
  Land 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 413 ft (126 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 303
  Density 340/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38370
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-66340[1]
GNIS feature ID 1300596[2]

Saltillo is a town in Hardin County, Tennessee. The population was 303 at the 2010 census. Saltillo is located on the left bank of the Tennessee River, about 12 miles north of Savannah.[3]


Saltillo was founded by Thomas Shannon in October, 1822. He had left Davidson County, Tennessee and arrived in the area on a keelboat with enough provisions to last one year, two men, Colonel John Holland and Parkerson Mitchell, to assist him, and four black men. The men arrived via Tennessee River and built camp about half a mile from the river. Shannon's wife and seven children came by land with a drive of forty cattle. This cattle would serve as the starting point for Shannon to raise cattle for income, but the cattle were unable to adapt to the change in their environment and feeding. Within three months of grazing, 39 of the 40 cattle were dead. Shortly after the Shannon family's arrival, Shannon and his sons built a log cabin in 1825, serving as the first house built in Saltillo. Shortly thereafter a store-house was built by Smith Hawkins for dry goods to be distributed, which were sold out within three months. The area where this store-house was built is now called Hawkin's Landing.[4]

More settlers came to the area and another store was built a quarter mile south of the first store by Hawkin's brother, Perry. The first man to be killed in town was Simpson Lee, who was thrown off his horse. Barges began regularly delivering goods and residents would travel as far as the Duck River for a grist mill. In 1842 Thomas Davy purchased the land once owned by Thomas Shannon and it was named Davy's Landing. In 1849 Davy leased the land to Scott Terry, who renamed the area Saltillo.[4] The town was named Saltillo after Saltillo, Mexico by Terry, who was a veteran of the Mexican-American War.[5] The Saltillo post office was opened in 1850.[3]


Saltillo is located at 35°22′50″N 88°12′44″W / 35.380579°N 88.212119°W / 35.380579; -88.212119.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015505[7]66.7%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 342 people, 155 households, and 93 families residing in the town. The population density was 382.2 people per square mile (148.4/km2). There were 243 housing units at an average density of 271.6 per square mile (105.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 75.73% White, 23.39% African American, 0.29% Native American, and 0.58% from two or more races.

There were 155 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,583, and the median income for a family was $26,250. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,953. About 9.4% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 20.5% of those age 65 or over.


Economic history

Saltillo was a shipping point, distributing cotton and staves as late as 1861. During this time period, the town had one Methodist church, a Masonic lodge, two general stores, multiple grist mills, two saw mills, two tanneries and stave manufacturers and dealers.[3] Saltillo was also described historically as a fishing town.[10]

Arts and culture

Architecture within the area reaches back to the 1840s, including an early farmhouse and Greek Revival buildings.[5] The Parker House was built around 1906 by Luther Parker, a local doctor, and is now a bed and breakfast. The Meady White House has Greek Revival and Italianate influences and was built with slave labor in 1847 by Meady White, who helped found the town.[11] Cemeteries are also located in the area, pre-dating the American Civil War.[5]


  1. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. 1 2 3 John L. Mitchell (1860). Tennessee state gazetteer and business directory for 1860-61. pp. 275–. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  4. 1 2 B. G. Brazelton (1885). A history of Hardin County, Tennessee. Cumberland Presbyterian publishing house. pp. 29–34. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  5. 1 2 3 Jackie Sheckler Finch (1 July 2009). Tennessee: A Guide to Unique Places. Globe Pequot. pp. 178–. ISBN 978-0-7627-5057-3. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  6. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  8. "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  9. "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. Brenda C. Calloway; Jay Robert Reese (1 January 1989). America's first western frontier, East Tennessee: a story of the early settlers and Indians of East Tennessee. The Overmountain Press. pp. 161–. ISBN 978-0-932807-34-2. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  11. Russ Manning (1 May 2002). Scenic Driving Tennessee. Globe Pequot. pp. 288–. ISBN 978-0-7627-1138-3. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
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