Dillon in Dillon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Town of Dillon / Florence Railroad Company
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 (State Highway 34) and Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling west Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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
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