It was 66 years after the state of Texas entered the union, 48 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, 46 years after the Civil War, 3 years before the start of WWI and the year the Titanic was launched in Belfast; when a determined group of people made their way by team & wagon, by train, and on foot in hopes of a new town. A new beginning. A new prosperity. A new hope.
It was 1911 and Slaton’s history began.
It was Cicero who once said, “To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child.” For me, it seems, history happened moments before I was born in 1981. For many in my generation, that same feeling resonates as we take hold of the future but every so often, in this case as Slaton prepares to celebrate its Centennial, we are given an opportunity to pause and reflect, remember and try to understand those that came before us.
Whether one arrived to Slaton by buggy, train, foot, or, in my case, a Greyhound Bus from Chicago in a failed attempt to leave the South Plains, we are now here to usher in the next 100 years as we reflect on the past 100.