Introduction to Slaton, Texas
Slaton, Texas, in Lubbock county, is 15 miles SE of Lubbock, Texas (center to center) and 255 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas. The city, which is located in the Lubbock metropolitan area, has a population of 6,109.
The place where the city now stands was owned by Eli Stilson and J. I. Case during the 1880s. The town was established when the Santa Fe Railroad desired a division point for servicing trains. The site was purchased in 1911, and laid out emulating the Washington, D.C. formation. The community was named after O. L. Slaton, a local banker. Slaton's population grew when the employees of the railway moved in with their families. However, the growth slowed once the Santa Fe company relocated its offices elsewhere. The city now flourishes as an agribusiness hub.
Slaton and Nearby Attractions
- Texas Air Museum
- Buddy Holly Center
- American Museum of Agriculture
- Twin Pine RV Park
- Science Spectrum
Things To Do In Slaton
Memorabilia related to the armed forces are displayed at the nearby Texas Air Museum. The Caprock chapter of the museum is located near Slaton Municipal Airport. Exhibits include machine guns, fanjets, glider artifacts, aircrafts, and a 1930s Japanese army artillery field gun. The eyeglasses, clothes, and guitar belonging to Buddy Holly may be viewed at the Buddy Holly Center. The 6-acre Twin Pine RV Park can be accessed from Slaton. Camping opportunities are also available at the park.
Air transportation is available from Lubbock International Airport.
Slaton Higher Education
Lubbock Christian University, Texas Tech, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are located close to the city.