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

Dorchester

 
 
Dorchester Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Moss McCracken, February 20, 2014
1. Dorchester Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  
(side 1)
This town, in Colleton County before Dorchester County was founded in 1897, dates to the early 19th century and the origins of railroading in S.C. By 1843, only ten years after the S.C. Canal & Rail Road Company completed its first 133 miles of track from Charleston to Hamburg, the station here was called Ross, sometimes known as Ross's, Ross's Station, or Ross's Turnout. The post office established here in 1854 was called Elmville until Reconstruction.
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The railroad, later the S.S. RR and by 1899 part of the Southern Railway, kept a station, a "turnout" or second set of tracks, and a water tower here for more than 100 years. It carried wood, turpentine, pulpwood, and livestock, and was instrumental in the town's development. The post office here was renamed Ross Station by 1875, then renamed Dorchester in 1903. The town, incorporated as Rosses in 1892, was incorporated again as Dorchester in 1912.
 
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County Historical Society and the Norfolk Southern Corporation. (Marker Number 1817.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
 
Location. 33° 8.332′ N, 80° 23.745′ W. Marker is in Dorchester, South Carolina, in Dorchester County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 78 and School House Road (County Route S-18), on the right when traveling east on U.S. 78. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dorchester SC 29437, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Four Holes Swamp Bridge / Harley's Tavern (approx. 2˝ miles away); Four Holes Swamp (approx. 2˝ miles away); Revolutionary War Cannon (approx. 2˝ miles away); Moorefield Memorial Highway, (Southern Terminus) (approx. 2.6 miles away); Berkeley County (approx. 4.9 miles away); Ridgeville (approx. 5˝ miles away); Harleyville (approx. 6 miles away); St. Paul Camp Ground (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dorchester.
 
Dorchester Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Moss McCracken, February 20, 2014
2. Dorchester Marker (side 2)
Dorchester Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Moss McCracken, February 20, 2014
3. Dorchester Marker
Westbound view toward St. George, SC.
Dorchester Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Moss McCracken, February 20, 2014
4. Dorchester Marker
Eastbound view toward Summerville, SC.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2014, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 20, 2014, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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