Established in 1911 as a service point on the Santa Fe Railroad, the town was named for O.L. Slaton, a banker instrumental in the completion of the railroad project. The city was designed in wagon-wheel fashion, similar to Washington, D.C.
Engine 1809, a steam-powered engine built in 1906, also known as the "Cotton Special," was donated to the city in 1955 and rests in City Hall Square. The county park features RV facilities, swimming, playground, picnic tables and a clubhouse. At 15th and Garza streets. 806/828-5121.