From the SAHA Files….

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times
From the SAHA Files….

From the files of the Slater Area Historical Association, this photo is a view of the old Slater Railroad Switch Tower. An unidentified group of women and girls stands in front, circa about 1910. The switch tower housed an interlocking machine that was controlled by a leverman. The leverman would pull various big levers, which would align switches and signals. These levers were often referred to as “armstrong” levers because you had to have a strong arm in order to operate them. Towers were two stories because of the size of the interlocking machine. Visit Heritage Hall Museum to view this photo and others like it, including school annuals back to the 1920s. SAHA also has a genealogy research station and files of family histories and obituaries dating back to before 1900. Heritage Hall Museum, 318 First Ave., is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays, or by appointment. Call 515-480-9789 or 515-228-3293.