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Near Plainview in Hale County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Slaton Well

(.5 mi. north)

 
 
Slaton Well Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Slaton Well Marker
Inscription. The Plainview Commercial Club, led by President J. O. Wyckoff, saw the potential of irrigation during a 1910 visit to wells in New Mexico. Local banker and farmer J. H. Slaton agreed to bear cost of a test well sunk on his land if it succeeded. G. E. Green and J. N. McNaughton completed the well in Jan. 1911. At 130 feet, using a nine-inch centrifugal pump, it yielded 1,700 gallons of water a minute. The success of the Slaton Well led to extensive irrigation. It transformed this semiarid area of West Texas into one of the most productive food crop regions in the world.
text from: Texas Historical Commission, Historic Sites Atlas
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5429.)
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 34° 11.375′ N, 101° 46.942′ W. Marker was near Plainview, Texas, in Hale County. Marker was on U.S. 70 1.6 miles west of Interstate 27, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Plainview TX 79072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Gates Hall (approx. 3.3 miles away); Dr. James Henry Wayland (approx.
Slaton Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
2. Slaton Well Marker
3.3 miles away); Wayland Heritage Plaza (approx. 3.3 miles away); Plainview Cemetery and Memorial Park (approx. 3.9 miles away); Seth Ward College (approx. 3.9 miles away); Edwin Lowden Lowe (approx. 4 miles away); Rawleigh Porteus Smyth (approx. 4 miles away); Emma Grigsby Meharg (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Plainview.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
Slaton Well Marker location image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
3. Slaton Well Marker location
view west on US-70 at marker location.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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