Latta's Railroad Story

Latta's Railroad Story (HMV4M)

Location: Latta, SC 29565 Dillon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 20.294', W 79° 26.099'

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Following the War Between the States and during the Reconstruction Era southern railroads were in complete disarray. By the 1880s, through mergers and new investments, the "Golden Era of Railroads" emerged in the country and literally rolled into the Pee Dee. A section of new rails that would become the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad entered this area in 1888. At this strategic point along the railroad a depot was constructed. The nucleus of a community was planted and it grew as new inhabitants arrived, started their businesses and built their homes creating the town of Latta.
[Map included]:
Section of Latta Branch, 1915

The town received its name from Robert J. Latta, a York, SC native, who was the railroad surveyor that laid out plans for the station. The first passenger and freight depots were constructed in 1888. That year a post office was authorized and in 1890 the town was incorporated.
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Postcard depicts 20th Century Latta ACL Passenger depot

What became known as the "Latta Branch connected Latta with McColl in 1895 and passed through the towns of Mallory, Bingham, Blenheim, Dunbar and Clio. The increase in commercial activity led the following year to the construction of a new tobacco warehouse. By 1903 there were three tobacco warehouses and until the markets later shifted to Dillon and Mullins, Latta was the center of tobacco marketing and the largest in the state.
[Pictures included]:
Freight depots
20th Century Steam Locomotive; Latta Depot c. 1963; Caboose

HM NumberHMV4M
Placed ByLatta, S.C. Town Council
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 2:28am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 643957 N 3800768
Decimal Degrees34.33823333, -79.43498333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 20.294', W 79° 26.099'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 20' 17.64" N, 79° 26' 5.94" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-196 Edwards St, Latta SC 29565, US
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