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Slaton, Texas
Mural in downtown Slaton
Mural in downtown Slaton
"Your Kind of Town"
Map of Texas
Map of Texas
Slaton, Texas
Location in Texas
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Lubbock
Region Llano Estacado
Established June 15, 1911
Founded by O. L. Slaton
 • Total 5.42 sq mi (14.03 km2)
 • Land 5.39 sq mi (13.95 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
3,084 ft (940 m)
 • Total 6,121
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,093.37/sq mi (422.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
ZIP code
Area codes 806 Exchanges: 496, 828
FIPS code 48-68180
Slaton City Hall, Slaton, TX IMG 4655
New Slaton municipal building
Slaton, TX, Museum IMG 4654
Slaton Museum
The Slaton Bakery, Slaton, TX IMG 4660
The Slaton Bakery is one of the better-known businesses in the community.
Downtown Slaton, TX IMG 4663
Downtown Slaton

Slaton is a city in Lubbock County, Texas, United States founded by German immigrants. Slaton was the westernmost German settlement in Texas. The population was 6,121 at the 2010 census. Slaton is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Slaton was named for Lubbock rancher and banker O.L. Slaton, Sr. (1867–1946), who promoted railroad construction in Slaton.


Slaton is on the level plains of the Llano Estacado. The nearest significant geographical feature is Yellow House Canyon, which is 3 miles (5 km) to the north and east. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an 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.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Slaton has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,525
1930 3,876 154.2%
1940 3,587 −7.5%
1950 5,036 40.4%
1960 6,568 30.4%
1970 6,583 0.2%
1980 6,804 3.4%
1990 6,078 −10.7%
2000 6,109 0.5%
2010 6,121 0.2%
2019 (est.) 5,890 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 6,109 people, 2,253 households, and 1,610 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,126.7 people per square mile (435.2/km2). The 2,565 housing units averaged 473.1 per square mile (182.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 72.35% White, 7.76% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 17.07% from other races, and 1.98% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 42.27% of the population.

Of the 2,253 households, 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were not families. About 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city, the population was distributed as 29.0% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.7 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 83.7 men.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,915, and for a family was $31,224. Males had a median income of $26,696 versus $20,601 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,087. About 21.6% of families and 23.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Harvey House of Slaton

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 service 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 it. 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, which was the living quarters of the Harvey girls when it was a restaurant in the early 20th Century, is now a fully operational bed and breakfast. The downstairs hosts a small railroad collection museum. The West Texas Historical Association toured the Harvey House during its 2009 annual meeting in Lubbock.

Art on the Square

Several new art galleries and antique shops are on the square surrounding City Hall. Some 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.

Special events

South Plains Airshow, Slaton, Texas 2015
South Plains Airshow held at the Slaton airport.

The Caprock Classic Car Club Show and Cruise takes place every third Saturday in July. The annual event showcases classic and refurbished cars and trucks. Set up around the town square, the event includes music, arts and crafts, food and more. visit The July 4th Festival takes place at the Slaton Park where area musicians perform on an outdoor stage. The park is filled with games, rides food and more. The South Plains Air Show is a bi-annual event taking place the first weekend of June in odd number years. Hosted by the Texas Air Museum Caprock Chapter the show takes place at the Slaton Municipal Airport. Re-enactments and aerobatic performances are scheduled. visit The St. Joseph Sausage Fest is put on every October by St. Joseph's Catholic School. The event has been held annually since 1969 and is the school's primary fundraiser. Volunteers make 8,000-9,500 pounds of sausage to sell at the weekend-long event.


The City of Slaton is served by the Slaton Independent School District.


Major roads and highways

  • US 84.svg U.S. Highway 84
  • Texas FM 400.svg Farm to Market Road 400
  • Texas FM 41.svg Farm to Market Road 41

Notable people

  • Roy Alvin Baldwin, state representative from Slaton, 1920–1925; co-author with William Bledsoe of the legislation establishing Texas Tech University in Lubbock
  • Jeremy Boreing, director, screenwriter, producer, and a contributor and chief operating officer at The Daily Wire
  • William John Cox (Billy Jack Cox), public interest attorney, author, and political activist (1956–1957)
  • Dee Fondy, baseball player, Chicago Cubs, 1950s
  • Peggy Sue Gerron, the girlfriend, then wife, of Jerry Allison, the drummer for Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and namesake of the song "Peggy Sue"
  • Steven Hentges, movie producer and director, Hunger 2009, Jacklight 1995, Talk to You Later 2000
  • Bobby Keys, long-time saxophone player on recordings and live for The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ivan Neville, and other famous musicians of the 20th century
  • Bill Lienhard, basketball player and banker
  • Buddy Parker, head coach of the back-to-back NFL Champion Detroit Lions in 1952 and 1953
  • Hank Singer, fiddle player, sideman, and studio musician with artists including Ray Price, Alan Jackson, the Gatlin Brothers, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Hank Williams, Jr., Tracy Lawrence, Roy Clark, Michael Martin Murphey, Gary Allan, Tanya Tucker, Lee Ann Womack, George Jones, Miranda Lambert, and Brooks and Dunn
  • Louie Welch, mayor of Houston, TX, 1964–1974
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