Slaton, Texas was established June 15, 1911. Before that could happen, the railroad tracks had to be laid and the local depot be built. Here are a few, rare photos of Slaton’s earliest days.
1910 ATS&F rail laying machine near what will soon be Slaton, TX
1910, Slaton Santa Fe depot roundhouse building in construction
1909, laying of the railroad tracks near Slaton. Slaton incorporated in 1911.
Circa 1915 Slaton Santa Fe depot and yard
Circa 1922 Slaton Santa Fe yards. By then we can see an established community in the background.
1912 Slaton Santa Fe Roundhouse, prior to the rails leading to its doors.
Circa 1911, construction of the Slaton Santa Fe turntable to the shop
Circa 1910, Slaton Santa Fe roundhouse
Circa 1910, Santa Fe rail laying nearing Southland, shown in a then-50 year old newspaper photo.