Saline City Partnership
Saline is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 8,034.
The city is southwest of the City of Ann Arbor and Northwest of the City of Milan, where the U.S. 12 Michigan Avenue intersects the Saline River, a tributary of the River Raisin. The city is bounded on the southwest by Saline Township; on the southeast by York Charter Township; on the northeast by Pittsfield Charter Township; and on the northwest by Lodi Township. The city is popular for its annual Celtic Festival, which is known to attract people from all over the United States. It is the hometown of the Saline Fiddlers and the Fiddlers Restrung, two nationally renowned high school bluegrass/fiddle groups.
Before the 18th century, Native Americans travelled to the area now called Saline to hunt wildlife and gather salt from the salt springs they found there. In the 18th century, French explorers canoed up to the area and also harvested the salt. They named the local river Saline, which is the French word for salt. Europeans settled in the area in the 19th century, most of them coming from England and Germany. Together with Orange Risdon, a government surveyor who is generally considered to be the city’s founder, the residents named the town Saline, which was officially established in 1832. The town continued to grow and about 100 years later, in 1931, the Village of Saline became the City of Saline.
Partnership Brecon and Saline
The small communities of Brecon and Saline formed the first Welsh-American sister city relationship in 1966. The bonds between the two towns have grown into a close and active friendship and expanded far beyond a mere relationship between government officials. Over 4,000 trips have been made by residents of these two communities to share their cultures and their families. In 1989 volunteers of the Saline community joined together to establish the Saline-Brecon Friendship Guild Ltd. With the mission of promoting the partnership further.