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 Oscar Lowe Slaton

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Oscar Lowe Slaton

  • Birth 21 Nov 1867
  • Death 7 Feb 1946
  • Burial Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Block 1
  • Memorial ID 7172497

Lubbock's Most Influential

(34) O.L. Slaton was a member of the core group of founding fathers who gave Lubbock the framework for sound development as a young city.

He wore many hats: lawyer, rancher, banker and surveyor.

He saw the need for a water supply, sewage systems and paved streets if Lubbock was to grow. At his urging the city passed approximately $750,000 worth of bond issues in successive elections to build for the future.

With the town buzzing about being in the running for a new college, he and H.T. Kimbro suggested the city do $3,000 of street improvements to the area before the college locating committee arrived.

He was also a part of the group seeking railroad service to the city. His earliest effort was to establish the Altus, Lubbock and Roswell Railway Co. Construction began in 1909 but the railway was never completed.

Slaton ultimately helped bring Denver and Burlington connections to Lubbock as well as Santa Fe. Routes were available to the north, east and west.

Though he never lived there, the city of Slaton was named for him as is O.L. Slaton Junior High.

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  • Created by: David Sifford
  • Added: 9 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7172497
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Oscar Lowe Slaton (21 Nov 1867–7 Feb 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7172497, citing City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by David Sifford (contributor 46564332) .