A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

SALEM

Mon, 2 May '22
Capital of Oregon
Sun, 3 Apr '22
"The Crucible" setting
Tue, 11 Jan '22
Site of a Massachusetts tourist shop named "Witch Way Gifts"
Sat, 6 Nov '21
Boston exurb
Sat, 30 Oct '21
City name on both the East and West Coast
Sun, 12 Sep '21
City whose police cars are adorned with a witch logo