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Slayton, Minnesota is the county seat of Murray County, in the southwestern portion of the state.

Situated at the intersection of US Highway 59 and Minnesota State Highway 30, Slayton serves as a hub for southwest Minnesota. Avoca, Hadley, and Iona are each about six miles from Slayton, southeast, west, and north, respectively, while Currie is about ten miles to the northeast.

Although the last train came through in 1980, Slayton began as a train station. Originally known as Center, the township's name was changed to Slayton in honor of Charles Wesley Slayton in 1882, a year after the railway village was platted. Slayton had a station for the Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad. A land agent for the railroad, Slayton platted the village in 1881, the same year that a post office was established, and Slayton became a city in 1887.

Murray County was formed in 1857, and organized in 1872. During the 1880s, there was a hot dispute over whether Currie or Slayton would be designated as the seat of government for the county. Initially, Currie was chosen, but the seat was moved to Slayton in 1889.

In north Slayton, the Slayton Country Club features a 9-hole course, and allows for member and non-member play. Municipal and county parks, in and around Slayton, include basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, horseshoe pits, an outdoor swimming complex, picnic areas, and playground equipment.

The Slayton Community Band performs at the Gullord Park bandshell in the summer, and Slayton also hosts the multi-day Murray County Fair each summer. The Murray County Speedway is situated on the fairgrounds.

The annual Days of '87 Celebration honors the founding of the city and the Murray County Historical Society operates the Murray County Historical Museum, and offers tours to historical places, such as the Dinehart Holt House, the Sierk Building, and the Wornson Log Cabin, commemorating the history of the city and county.

This guide is focused on the City of Slayton, as well as Slayton County. Websites representing municipal, township, county, or federal government facilities or agencies located in Slayton are appropriate for this category, as are those of any Slayton schools, churches, organizations, businesses, or individuals.


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