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17-12 Town of Dillon / Florence Railroad Company
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member David Taylor
N 34° 25.047 W 079° 22.342
17S E 649576 N 3809643
Quick Description: History of the town of Dillon and significance of the Florence Railroad Company in it's history.
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 4:18:50 PM
Waymark Code: WM8D7Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
Views: 5

Long Description:
(Front) 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.
(Reverse) 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 by Dillon County Historic Preservation Commission, 1980
Marker Name: Town of Dillon / Florence Railroad Company

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Railroad

Marker number: 17-12

County: Dillon

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