South Carolina: Dillon County

Dillon County (pop. 32,062), northwest of Horry County, is best known for South of the Border, a roadside attraction located along Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 301/501 just south of the border with North Carolina.

Often compared to Wall Drug in South Dakota

South of the Border has restaurants, shops (including fireworks for sale), gas stations, a motel, and a small amusement park.

The 165-foot Sombrero Tower

Dillon County was named for James M. Dillon (1826-1913), a prominent local citizen.

The county seat is the city of Dillon (pop. 6,788).

Dillon County Courthouse (1911)

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, grew up in Dillon. As a teen-ager, he waited tables at a South of the Border restaurant.

Valedictorian at Dillon High School

Amtrak’s “Palmetto” train from New York City to Savannah stops in Dillon.

The station was built in 1904.

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