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Slaton in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Slaton Harvey House

 
 
Slaton Harvey House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
1. Slaton Harvey House Marker
Inscription. The city of Slaton has historic ties to the railroad. For decades the site was ranchland until the Santa Fe Railway sought a location for a division point to service trains. The Santa Fe bought the land in April 1911, naming the townsite for rancher and banker O.L. Slaton. Passenger and freight service became central to the economy, and the company built a passenger depot and Harvey House the following year. Scottish immigrant Fred Harvey created the Harvey House chain in 1876, partnering with the Santa Fe Railway, which built the restaurants and provided space on their trains for food and supplies. Harvey provided the equipment, management and hospitality staff, including hostesses known as Harvey Girls.

The Slaton Harvey House served efficient but elegant meals to 42 passengers at a time around a horseshoe-shaped counter on the first floor, which also housed the kitchen, bakery, gift shop and managerís office. The manager and his family and the Harvey Girls roomed on the second floor. The Slaton Harvey House, a commercial and social center, operated for thirty years, briefly reopening to serve troops during World War II. The building remained a passenger depot until 1969; the railroad later converted it to a freight depot and operations center before vacating the property in the 1980s. Slaton citizens coordinated the preservation
Slaton Harvey House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
2. Slaton Harvey House Marker
and restoration of their landmark building.

The two-story Mission Revival Slaton Harvey House features one-foot thick concrete walls, an arcaded trackside pavilion with stepped parapet, overhanging eaves with brackets, divided light windows and a flat upper story parapet decorated with the Santa Fe Railway company symbol.
Recorded Texas Historical Landmark – 2007

 
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14011.)
 
Location. 33° 26.546′ N, 101° 38.317′ W. Marker is in Slaton, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Texas Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Railroad Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Railroad Avenue, 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. Engine 1809 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slaton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slaton Volunteer Fire Department (approx. half a mile away); Slaton Bakery (approx. half a mile away); Englewood Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mercy Hospital
Slaton Harvey House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
3. Slaton Harvey House
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Breedlove Airport (approx. 12.4 miles away); City of Lubbock Cemetery (approx. 13.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Slaton.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Slaton and Harvey House Photos.
Historic Slaton, Harvey House and Santa Fe Railway photos (Submitted on March 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Slaton Harvey House (<b><i>corner view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2016
4. Slaton Harvey House (corner view)
Slaton Harvey House (<b><i>side view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2016
5. Slaton Harvey House (side view)
Slaton Harvey House (<b><i>wide view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2016
6. Slaton Harvey House (wide view)
Slaton Harvey House (<b><i>corner view with BNSF locomotive passing</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2016
7. Slaton Harvey House (corner view with BNSF locomotive passing)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5, 6. submitted on March 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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