Floyd & Fannie Salmon
Labor Day Bluegrass Festival Aug. 28,29,30 & 31,2014
Come Retire at Salmon Lake Park
We would like to invite you to come retire with us here at Salmon Lake
Park. With over 500 camper hookups, we have ample space for you to stay
with us year round and we'd love to have you. There are plenty of shade
trees, walking trails, a peaceful lake to take a swim in or just to dip your
toes in. We have full hookups for 30 & 50 amp campers. Monthly prices
include water, sewer & electricity.
50 amp $500.00 per month
30 amp $400.00 per month
We also have cabins available by the day, week and month, or we invite you
to live with us full time. Choose one of our comfortable cabins to live in
Please Call 936-687-2594 during office business hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 to 5:00
WE DO NOT ACCEPT DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS
Salmon Lake Park
P.O. Box 483
Grapeland, Texas 75844
1700 ft grass airstrip
WELCOME TO SALMON LAKE PARK
"Home of the Annual Bluegrass Festival"
HISTORY OF SALMON LAKE PARK
Floyd and Fannie Salmon of Grapeland could well fit the term
"Jack-of-all-Trades." It all began as part of their dream of owning land
with lots of trees and water.
In 1960, they acquired fifty acres of completely desolate land which Floyd
cleared and built himself, a lake for watering cattle. A few years later,
with the help of Floyd's dad, Jake, the idea came to them to open their
lake to the public. They began transforming the land into a lovely, nostalgic
park. The lake was cleaned and made into a beautiful swimming lake with a
sand bottom, plenty of sand beaches, piers and diving boards. Almost 300
camper hookups were installed. Floyd was able to move old buildings and
mule-drawn equipment onto the land. Some of these buildings date back to
the early 1900's. He and Fannie began renovating the buildings, being
careful to keep the old style and character of each building intact. The
buildings are now being used for cabins, reunion halls, old stores and other
places of business. Floyd then built a ten foot water wheel which would
power a grist mill. Salmon Lake Park is truly a beautiful park for all to
Salmon Lake Park is also Home of The Annual Bluegrass Festival
The seed was planted for the future of bluegrass music at Salmon Lake
Park when Earl Garner of Elkhart, Texas, dropped by and suggested that
the park would be a great place for a bluegrass festival. Earl is a
well-known personality in bluegrass music throughout the country.
Bluegrass music originated in the hills of Kentucky and Virginia and spread
southwest to become one of the most popular forms of family
entertainment. The instruments used a flat-top guitar, fiddle, mandolin,
upright bass, dobro and five-string banjo. There are no electrical
Promoted by Joe Featherston and Floyd Salmon,
the first bluegrass festival became a reality in 1976.
Labor Day weekend was chosen for the annual event.
Friday evening marked the opening of the festival and
Sunday morning was enhanced with worship services and
bluegrass gospel music. These Labor Day weekend traditions are still in
existence. Gradually, arts and crafts were added
to accommodate the rapidly growing crowds. A variety of home-cooked
foods and cold drinks are readily available.
Also added is the Gospel Bluegrass Festival held every Memorial Day