Slaton in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
September 15, 1955 The Santa Fe Railway Company officially dedicated the steam-powered Engine 1809 to the City of Slaton. Presented by W.A.J. Carter, Superintendent of the Slaton Division of Santa Fe, the engine was accepted by Slaton Mayor L.B. Wooton. Engineer J.W. Pettigrew brought the “1809” into the Slaton rail yard for her last journey before being retired. The engine itself was built in 1906 by Baldwin Locomotive Works, a grand old name in steam engines. It has a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement; weighs 242,000 lbs. or 121 tons; could generate a 200 pound steam pressure; has 70-inch drivers, and was used for both freight and passenger service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 33° 26.232′ N, 101° 38.567′ W. Marker is in Slaton, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is at the intersection of South 8th Street and West Lubbock Street, on the right when traveling south on South 8th Street. Marker is located in front of the locomotive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Slaton TX 79364, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Slaton Volunteer Fire Department (within shouting distance of this marker); Slaton (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slaton Bakery (about 500 feet away); Slaton Harvey House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mercy Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away); Englewood Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Immanuel Lutheran Church (approx. 5 miles away); Ransom Canyon (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Slaton.
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1. Engine 1809 "Cotton Special".
Special recognition was given to W. R. Lovett, Walter Cannon, Jack Steward, and Louis Smith, all who were retired engineers of Engine 1809. In the dedication ceremonies, a special tribute was paid to the progress Santa Fe had made in the transition from steam to diesel. Melvin Kunkel, then President of the Slaton Chamber of Commerce, mentioned that possibility of a future transition from diesel to atomic power. In 1955, that was indeed a far-sighted statement! He also noted the role Engine 1809 played in our agriculture economy. Making the run to Houston known as the "Cotton Special", Engine 1809 delivered cotton from this area to the Gulf ports. (Submitted on March 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Early Development of Slaton.
On April 15, 1911 the Santa Fe Railroad completed the transaction that would eventually lead to the town (Submitted on March 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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