Floyd & Fannie Salmon
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 enjoy.
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