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Brief History
by Victoria Proctor 2002

W.W. Sellers, in his "History of Marion County", tells us that the City of Dillon owes it's origin to the building of the Florence (Short Cut) Railroad. The City of Dillon, county seat and largest municipality in Dillon County, was established in 1887. At that time it had a population of but 87 persons, but with the coming of the railroad, it didn't take long to grow. By 1897 the population was 1015, and by 1920, the population had grown to 2,205.

Mr. Sellers writes:
"I think Duncan McLaurin was first to settle there [Dillon], a level-headed progressive man; he was soon followed by others. The founders of [Dillon] had an eye to the future of the place. It is well and sensibly laid out; the streets are wide and at right angles to and with each other, and in this respect is the Philadelphia of the county. The location was uninviting--it was comparatively in a pond."

Duncan McLaurin Historic Marker

Marker reads:
"DUNCAN McLAURIN
1847-1934
FATHER OF DILLON

First settler, first merchant
first mayor, first postmaster
chairman of first school board.
Post office in his store -
20 feet north of this point.
This memorial erected in 1990
by his family.

 

 

 


St. Paul's Methodist Church, Little Rock
St. Paul's Methodist Church


Early Homes
E.B. Berry Home, Latta

Places & Things


Dillon Hotel
Dillon Railroad Depot
Dillon Wholesale Grocery
Dillon Main Street


DILLON COUNTY:
Dillon Bridges
Gaddys Mill Pond
Kemper Baptist
Kentyre Presbyterian
Mt. Calvary Baptist
Dillon Schools
Old Page's Mill High School

Dillon Elementary

DILLON COUNTY
SCHOOL DISTRICT 1:
Kemper School
Lake View High
Union
SCHOOL DISTRICT 2:
Dillon
Fork
Harllee
Hopewell Academy
Kentyre
Manning
Oakland
Pleasant Hill
SCHOOL DISTRICT 3:
Bingham
Centerville Academy
Dalcho
Dothan
Latta High
Reedy Creek
Vidalia Academy

Dillon's Officials

  • Mayors
  • Postmasters

More about Town of Dillon - Links to other sites:


Dillon Museum in Latta DILLON COUNTY MUSEUM
Located in Latta, right across from the library, in the restored office of the late Dr. Henry Edwards. For a virtual tour of its many exhibits, visit the Dillon County Historical Society web site.


 



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