Slaton is a city in Lubbock County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,121 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Mural in downtown Slaton
|Motto: "Your Kind of Town"|
Location of Slaton, Texas
|Coordinates: 33°26′10″N 101°38′41″W|
Slaton was named for Lubbock rancher and banker O.L. Slaton, Sr. (1867–1946), who promoted railroad construction in Slaton.
Slaton is located on the level plains of the Llano Estacado. The nearest significant geographical feature is Yellow House Canyon, which is located 3 miles (5 km) to the north and east. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.3 km2), of which 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.56%, is water.
In 1912, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, through reorganization now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, opened a depot in Slaton. Until 1969, the train station 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."
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. The West Texas Historical Association toured the Harvey House during its 2009 annual meeting in Lubbock.
Several new art galleries and antique shops are now located on the square surrounding City Hall. Some of the shops and galleries are only open limited hours and for special events but several are open for extended hours. Multiplicity Art Gallery opened May 2012 and has art in a diverse range of styles and every price range. This modern gallery is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1-5 pm. MAG also plays host to workshops and classes. SouthPaws and the Antique Mall are also open for extended hours.