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Brief History
by Victoria Proctor

Latta, like Dillon, sprang from the coming of the railroad. The nucleus of the town was created "in 1888 when the railroad officials decided that a loading station was essential seven miles south of Dillon. Choosing a name for the new station posed a problem as there were several prominent families in the area deserving of the honor, and the railroad officials did not want to show partiality. Finally, the name of Latta was selected out of respect for Robert J. Latta, a native of York, who surveyed the right-of-way for the railroad and made plans for future expansion of the loading point.

Latta grew steadily but more slowly than Dillon. W.W. George erected the first store building in the town and later a dwelling. S.A. McMillan, J.J. Bethea, and D.M. and John L. Dew opened businesses in the town, soon followed by Robert Rose Bethea, E.H. Berry, Lonzo Smith, and others. Many of Latta's early settlers came from the Little Rock section of Dillon County, including the Manning, Hamer, Bethea and Berry families, among others.


Old Cotton Press   
Early Homes
E.B. Berry Home

George Allen House
E.B. Berry Home
John Crawford Bethea
Duncan M. Dew, Sr.
James Haselden Manning
Tom Tolar
Places & Things
Main Street c. 1950

Old Cotton Press
Catfish Creek Baptist
Gaddy Drug Co.
Latta Hotel
Latta Library
Lovers Lane
Main Street
Old Post Office
Latta Schools
Old Latta High School

Old Latta High School
Vidalia Academy

Latta School District:
Centerville Academy
Oak Grove School
Reedy Creek

Latta's Officials

Historical Articles

More about Latta - 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.

There's an interesting article on modern Latta and the artists who live there in Sandlapper Magazine. (The article is about halfway down the page.)

For fun - See photo by Benton Henry of The Latta Rotary Club on the Sandlapper Magazine site. The club's block-wide building apparently made "Ripley's Believe It or Not".

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