Slaton, Texas

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Slaton is a city in Lubbock County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,109 at the 2000 census.[1] It is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Slaton is named for Lubbock rancher and banker O.L. Slaton, Sr. (1867–1946).


Harvey House of Slaton

In 1912, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, since through reorganization the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, opened a depot in Slaton, which until 1969 offered passengers meals and hospitality through the Fred Harvey Company. The company advertised for "Young women, 18 to 30 years of age, of good moral character, attractive and intelligent, as waitresses in the Havey Eating Houses on the Santa Fe Railroad in the West."[3]

Other ATSF depots were in Amarillo, Brownwood, Gainesville, Temple, El Paso, and Clovis, New Mexico. After the passenger services ended, the railroad used the depot, located at 400 Railroad Avenue, for offices, training rooms, train crew staging areas, and storage, but abandoned the building in the late 1980s. The railroad still passes by the depot. The remaining structure, known as the Harvey House, was marked for demolition, but a citizens' committee launched a nearly two-decade effort to preserve and restore the building. The former depot, which calls itself "The Jewel on the Plains", can be rented for parties with catered meals and occasional entertainment options. The upstairs is under restoration as a museum to showcase the living quarters of the Harvey girls.[4] The West Texas Historical Association toured the Harvey House during its 2009 annual meeting in Lubbock.

Former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe tracks, now part of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway passing through Slaton.

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