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Saline

Saline is a picturesque small town located in Washtenaw County in southeastern Michigan.

Before the 18th century, Native Americans traveled to what is now Saline to hunt wildlife and gather salt from the salt springs they found nearby.

In the18th century, French explorers also harvested the salt.

They named the local river Saline, which means salty in French. Europeans settled the area in the 19th century, most of them coming from England and Germany.

Together with Orange Risdon, a surveyor who is generally considered to be the city’s founder, the residents officially established the town of Saline in 1832.

In 1870 railroad service, provided by the Detroit-Hillsdale-&-Indiana Railroad, first reached Saline.

In 1875 Salinians built one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the two-and-one-half story Davenport House, a.k.a. Curtis Mansion.

Today the city is popular for its annual Celtic Festival, which attracts people from all over the United States. It is also the hometown of the Saline Fiddlers and Fiddlers ReStrung, two nationally renowned high school fiddle groups.

Saline was ranked the 43rd best place to live out of 1,300 rated cities in the United States in a 2005 CNN/Money Magazine poll, 59th in 2007′s poll, and 63rd in 2009′s CNN/Money Magazine.

Saline was also on CNN/Money’s list of best places to retire in 2005.