Before any white man settled in what is now known as saline the town was settled by Native Americans. Using different trails to get here or even canoeing Lake Erie, they knew this land was rich in wildlife and in salt. They would gather salt and use it both in their trading and for domestic use. French explorers would then name the river running through the village the Saline River. Pronounced “Suh-Leen”, contrary to many that pronounce it “Say-leen”, it is a word of Latin origin meaning Salty water or a salty solution.