The historic depot is a modern icon of Saluda’s beginning and subsequent prosperity with the coming of the train bringing passengers up the Saluda Grade, the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad grade in the country. Because brave men hammered up the treacherous side of Melrose Mountain, the small mountain village of Saluda came into being. Today, it is a thriving community with a historic downtown district of prospering shops and restaurants. The town is surrounded by mountains and deep valleys in the Green River Gorge. These natural resources have drawn outdoor adventurists to bicycle, fish, zipline, kayak and hike the local mountain trails. These enthusiasts eat, stay, and shop in Saluda’s businesses.
The depot, built in 1903, on Highway 176 about ¼ mile past the bridge, is on the National Registry of Historic Places.