South Of The Border In South Carolina
If you’re heading North on I-95 in South Carolina you will begin to see a recurring theme on the billboards along the way. The message becomes one of familiarity with a location and destination that will only make you want to stop and check it out.
Welcome to ‘South of the Border’ between Dillon and Hamer, South Carolina. Established in 1949, this rest stop for weary travelers and curiosity seekers has enamored visitors for decades. This little town unto itself offers motel rooms, banquet facilities, dining, shopping, and attractions that would rival any amusement park.
South of the Border Excitement
It was a fluke of sorts. About a week earlier Silke and I were coming out of a store and I noticed the bumper sticker right away. What struck me the most was that it hadn’t changed a bit. It was the same design that had adorned my dresser while growing up in North Carolina.
It was like stepping back in time and upon examining it closer I came to realize that it was right near Dillon, South Carolina. I had never given much thought to its location before but I did remember going there when I was kid.
We had to go back. It’s moments like these that I wonder why Silke would agree to one of these off the cuff flights of fancy. Whether she’s just appeasing me or her own inner desire to hit the open road, it didn’t take much to persuade her to make the two hour drive.
Did I have any longtime desire to go on the rides again? No. It was more of a nostalgic trip for me than anything else coupled with the fact it was the ‘off season’ I knew it would be pretty desolate this time of the year.
It was bigger then I remembered! Either the place had grown in the last 35 years or what I actually remember was only minuscule to what was actually there.
Not that far from Myrtle Beach, a section of the amusement park pays homage to the scenic coastal area.
A small moment in time with a memory that has lived on. If you’re heading off into this direction or even just passing through, it’s worth your time to have a look and check out the attractions. Could you live with yourself if you didn’t seize the opportunity? Wouldn’t your kids always be left to wonder what it is that ya’ll might have missed?
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