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Dillon in Dillon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Town of Dillon / Florence Railroad Company

 
 
Town of Dillon Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
1. Town of Dillon Face of Marker
Inscription.
Town of Dillon. Dillon was laid out by civil engineers of the Florence Railroad Company following a plan by John H. David, a local physician. The town was incorporated by the General Assembly on December 22, 1888, and its boundaries extended in a half-mile radius from the railroad depot. The first mayor and postmaster of the town was Duncan McLaurin. In 1893, a freight station was constructed, and in 1904, the present passenger depot was built.

Florence Railroad Company. In 1882, the Florence Railroad Company was chartered and authorized to build and operate a line east of Florence northward to the state border. Right-of-way problems here were solved when J. W. Dillon and his son Thomas offered half-interest in 63 acres if the railroad would use the land, build a depot, and lay out a town. The offer was accepted, and the railroad from Pee Dee to the state line was opened in 1888.
 
Erected 1980 by Dillon County Historic Preservation Commission. (Marker Number 17-12.)
 
Location. 34° 25.044′ N, 79° 22.344′ W. Marker is in Dillon, South Carolina, in Dillon County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (South Carolina Route 34) and Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling
Florence Railroad Company Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
2. Florence Railroad Company Face of Marker
west on Main Street. Click for map. It is at the Amtrak station. Marker is in this post office area: Dillon SC 29536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Duncan McLaurin (within shouting distance of this marker); Dillon County / Dillon County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); James W. Dillon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Street Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); James W. Dillon House Museum (approx. 0.8 miles away); Saint Paul Methodist Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); Pee Dee Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); Vidalia Academy (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dillon.
 
Regarding Town of Dillon / Florence Railroad Company. The Florence Railroad Company was consolidated into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1898. In 1967 Atlantic Coast Line merged with its long-time rival the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and today the rails that run next to this marker belong to CSX Transportation.

Today Amtrak’s Palmetto provides daily passenger service here in Dillon between New York and Savannah. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad’s Palmetto ran the same route during the first half of the 20th century. A number of New York-Florida passenger trains ran through Dillon on the Atlantic
Mayor's Clock, Marker and Main Street image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
3. Mayor's Clock, Marker and Main Street
Coast Line, but few stopped. Dillon passengers for distant points took a local train south to Florence or north to Fayettesville to board the long distance trains.
 
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1904 Seaboard Coastline, Now Amtrak, Passenger Depot image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
4. 1904 Seaboard Coastline, Now Amtrak, Passenger Depot
Mayors of Dillon Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
5. Mayors of Dillon Monument
This monument lists the Mayors of Dillon as well as major contributors.
Amtrak Train 85, The Palmetto, Arrives at Dillon image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
6. Amtrak Train 85, The Palmetto, Arrives at Dillon
This is the northbound Palmetto from Charleston to New York traveling on the Florence Railroad Company’s right of way, now owned by CSX. It is preparing to cross Main Street, which it will block for a minute or two while boarding passengers.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 785 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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