Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Latta in Dillon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Latta's Railroad Story

 
 
Latta's Railroad Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
1. Latta's Railroad Story Marker
Inscription. Following the War Between the States and during the Reconstruction Era southern railroads were in complete disarray. By the 1880s, through mergers and new investments, the "Golden Era of Railroads" emerged in the country and literally rolled into the Pee Dee. A section of new rails that would become the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad entered this area in 1888. At this strategic point along the railroad a depot was constructed. The nucleus of a community was planted and it grew as new inhabitants arrived, started their businesses and built their homes creating the town of Latta.
[Map included]:
Section of Latta Branch, 1915

The town received its name from Robert J. Latta, a York, SC native, who was the railroad surveyor that laid out plans for the station. The first passenger and freight depots were constructed in 1888. That year a post office was authorized and in 1890 the town was incorporated.
[Picture included]:
Postcard depicts 20th Century Latta ACL Passenger depot


What became known as the "Latta Branch connected Latta with McColl in 1895 and passed through the towns of Mallory, Bingham, Blenheim, Dunbar and Clio. The increase in commercial activity led the following year to the construction of a new tobacco warehouse. By 1903 there were three tobacco warehouses and until the markets
Section of Latta Branch, 1915 and Postcard depicts 20th Century Latta ACL Passenger depot image. Click for full size.
By Latta's Railroad Story Marker, `
2. Section of Latta Branch, 1915 and Postcard depicts 20th Century Latta ACL Passenger depot
later shifted to Dillon and Mullins, Latta was the center of tobacco marketing and the largest in the state.
[Pictures included]:
(center)
Freight depots
(Right)
20th Century Steam Locomotive; Latta Depot c. 1963; Caboose


 
Erected by Latta, S.C. Town Council.
 
Location. 34° 20.294′ N, 79° 26.099′ W. Marker is in Latta, South Carolina, in Dillon County. Marker is on Edwards Street near South Marion Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Latta SC 29565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dillon County Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Latta Library: A Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The Latta Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The Edwards House (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Office and General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Earl Atkinson, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Vidalia Academy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catfish Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Latta.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Freight depots image. Click for full size.
By Latta's Railroad Story Marker, `
3. Freight depots
20th Century Steam Locomotive; Latta Depot c. 1963; Caboose Shown before restoration image. Click for full size.
By Latta's Railroad Story Marker, `
4. 20th Century Steam Locomotive; Latta Depot c. 1963; Caboose Shown before restoration
Latta's Railroad Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
5. Latta's Railroad Story Marker
Latta's Railroad Story Marker and Atlantic Coast Lines Caboose image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
6. Latta's Railroad Story Marker and Atlantic Coast Lines Caboose
Atlantic Coast Lines Caboose: image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
7. Atlantic Coast Lines Caboose:
To symbolize its connection to its railroad history the town of Latta leased this caboose from Lafon and Cindy LeGette. It has been restored with the assistance from the community and today is a constant reminder of its railroad past .
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement