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Lubbock County, Texas Panhandle / West Texas

33° 26' 14" N, 101° 38' 37" W (33.437222, -101.643611)

Highway 84
FM 400 & FM 41
30 Miles NW of Post
10 Miles SE of Lubbock
Population: 5,890 Est. (2019)
6,121 (2010) 6,109 (2000) 6,078 (1990)

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Slaton Tx  - Three Tin Men Water Towers
Three Tin Man Water Towers
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell

Eli Stilson and J. I. Case (manufacturer of farm machinery) were original owners.

The land was bought in 1901 by Herbert L. Kokernot who encouraged settlement, but the town didn’t really come into being until the Santa Fe Railroad establish a round house. A post office was established by 1910 and the railroad purchased the townsite the following year. The town was named in honor of rancher O. L. Slaton, who promised to establish a bank. Slaton was the center of the largest division in the Santa Fe system and as company employees and their families moved to Slaton, it boosted the population. The town also had a Harvey House restaurant – one that is in the process of being restored.

By 1931 Slaton had a population of 3,876 and by 1949 it was 3,587. In the late 1960s the Santa Fe began shutting down operations at Slaton and moved offices to Lubbock, Amarillo, and New Mexico. Slaton lost both residents and retail trade, though a slow, steady growth continued through the 1960s. In 1970 the population was 7,250 by 1988 it had declined insignificantly to 6,950.

Slaton Landmarks & Attractions:

Slaton Tx - Slaton Harvey House
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Slaton Harvey House
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Slaton Tx - Train Display
Train Display
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

Slaton Tx - Train Cab Detail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

Slaton Tx Depot Caboose
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Slaton Tx - Slaton Heritage Mural Before Restoration
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

Slaton Heritage Mural
"Located on the corner of 9th & Garza. This large mural was designed by Bill "Tex" Wilson capturing a nostalgic moment in the heritage of Slaton." - Leslie Robinson, Slaton Chamber of Commerce.

Photographer's Note:
"The mural on 9th and Garza was in need of restoration last April. Then, when we were through there on the last trip it had been redone. It is very attractive. Note the red pickup is still parked in exactly the same spot six months later." - Barclay Gibson

Slaton Tx - Slaton Heritage Mural after Restoration
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2009
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Slaton Heritage Mural

Slaton Tx Historic Cemetery - Englewood Cemetery Entrance
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Englewood Cemetery
Historic Texas Cemetery

Slaton Tx - Church In Slaton
Church In Slaton
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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More Slaton, Texas Attractions:

  • Slaton Museum: 155 N. 8th Street

  • Texas Air Museum:
    2 miles N. of town on FM 400 at Slaton

  • Municipal Airport

  • Slaton Hotels

    Slaton Chamber of Commerce
    161 E. Texas Avenue - 806-828-6238

  • Slaton TX - Old Gas Station & Auto Parts
    Jimmy Dobson Photo, July 2017
    Adventures with my 1972 Plymouth Cuda and
    my 67 Ford Mustang Fastback

    by Jimmy Dobson

    Slaton, Texas Chronicles

    Slaton TX, 1922, Teague Confectionery

    Candy Shops and Crossbones; Slaton, Texas 1920s
    by James Villanueva

    In the early 1920’s, Slaton was a thriving city with a population of more than 6,000 and various candy shops and confectioneries fought and competed over satisfying Slaton’s sweet tooth... more

    Father Joseph M. Keller

    The Tar and Feathering of Father Joseph M. Keller, Slaton, Texas, 1920's
    by James Villanueva

    On a Saturday night, March 4, 1922, in Slaton, what may have begun as a whisper, an aside, a comment, or just mindless chatter amongst neighbors, transformed the community and introduced an air of instability and perilous paranoia... more


    The Murder of Dr. Sam Houston Adams; Slaton, Texas, 1930s
    by James Villanueva

    The murder of Dr. Sam Houston Adams is not a tragic tale. It’s not necessarily a gloomy story... No. For lack of a better description, it is simply - a love story... more

    Tudor Takes Stand
    RL Tudor Takes the Stand; Slaton, Texas 1932
    by James Villanueva

    R.L. watched as his son was buried beneath a copper colored stone with the name, Woody, etched on it...

    Post War Slaton - A Migrant Family's Story
    by James Villanueva

    In Slaton, Ben showed Delfina the town surrounded by cotton. He showed her the town square, the small shops, and the movie theaters that had welcomed thousands before. Two years after World War II had ended, the town had returned to its small and humble atmosphere. The troops that once passed through by train were now long gone and were only memories in post-war Slaton. “I would like to stay here,” Ben said to his wife as the two discovered the town...

    Slaton, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Slaton, Texas Mural
    An addition to your mural list.
    Slaton Heritage Mural Located on the corner of 9th & Garza. This large mural was designed by Bill "Tex" Wilson capturing a nostalgic moment in the heritage of Slaton. "Tex" Wilson grew up here and is a nationally esteemed artist whose works feature railroaders and cowboys of the Old West. Prints of the Mural are available at the Slaton Chamber of Commerce at 200 W. Garza, 806-828-6238 or The Slatonite Newspaper, P. O. Box 667, Slaton, Texas 79364, 806-828-6201. They also have many other prints by "Tex" Wilson available. I have attached photos of the mural and the print. - Leslie Robinson, October 13, 2006

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