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.
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. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the locomotive. Marker is in this post office area: Slaton TX 79364, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Slaton Volunteer Fire Department (within shouting distance of this marker); Slaton (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slaton Bakery Slaton Harvey House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mercy Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away); Englewood Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Breedlove Airport (approx. 12.4 miles away); City of Lubbock Cemetery (approx. 13.4 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 (Submitted on March 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 171 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 10, 11. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.