pedroland is a small amusement park located at south of the border. if you are expecting walt disney world you will be dissapointed but it is a nice place to take children when traveling on I-95 near the south carolina-north carolina border.
the dillon county courthouse was built in 1911 in the beaux arts style. the architect of the courthouse was william e. edwards. the dillon county courthouse is listed on the national register of historic places. the interior of the courthouse is open to the public by tour. see the attached web site for information.
It was time to leave. We had spent almost an hour roaming around South of the Border. We had many laughs and had a lot of fun taking tacky photo's. But all good things must come to an end. It was time to leave the 1950's and return to the new millenium. We still had many miles to travel. But we would leave with memories of Pedro and giant hippo's.
As we left South of the Border we found another wonderful attraction nearby. You will have to click on the picture and let it enlarge to appreciate this. We found the discount snuff and tabacco store. One of the many reasons to love Dillon South Carolina. Why pay full price for your snuff when you can get it at a discount just south of the border in Dillon, South Carolina.
What would an imaginery trip to Mexico be without giant gorillas? It makes about as much sense as anything else at South of the Border. If you enlarge this picture you will see that I am standing underneath this giant gorilla. He is standing out side of a store selling beach wear and souvineers. I always think of giant gorilla's when I shop for beach ware. Don't you. The second picture you will see here has Danielle posing with yet anothe giant gorilla. This one was outside of a building called Fort Pedro.
I loved this pink flamingo. Its a true symbol of the 1950's when people had these, on a much smaller scale, in their front yards. Also being from Baltimore I felt like this could also be a tribute to John Waters. So here I am next to the giant Pink Flamingo sending best wishes back home to John Waters in Baltimore.
Also note the sign behnd me in the picture. It appears that Pedro might have some Italian ancestors. There is a Pedro's pizza restaurant here at South of the Border.
We had a lot of laughs walking around the area. There were lots of large animals and creatures to pose with and take pictures. So now it was my turn. Here I am with a large dinosaur. How many opportunities do you get today to pose with a large dinosaur? You can almost sense the ghosts from the past of people my parents age with their children wandering around here in the 1950's.
We were in South of the Border in the summer of 2002. This was just a few months after the events of 9/11 and everyone in the country seemed to be taking on a new sense of patriotism. Even at South of the Border Pedro had been repainted to reflect this feeling after the events of 9/11. I am not sure just how to feel about all of this. You have the events of 9/11 being commercialized and poor stereotypical Pedro is even dressed in the red white and blue. Its a reflection from the 1950's mirrored into the events of today. Its a very surreal picture.
Once you pass the giant sign and enter the complex the first thing you will notice is a large observation tower. Of course in keeping with the theme of insulting our neighbors to the South the tower is in the shape of a giant Sombrero. The day we were there the tower was not opened. But you can climb the stairs and actually stand outside on a giant sombrero and look out at the cars passing by on the interstate. Talk about a great view!
If you at the picture a little closer you will see a lone man standing in the parking lot. There were not many people here the day we stopped. As a matter of fact it was almost deserted. Perhaps its days are numbered.
You have now reached South of the Border. You can tell by the giant sign with the sombrero saying loud and clear "SOUTH OF THE BORDER". As you turn off the interstate and start your entry into South of Border be prepared to step back into time. This place has not changed a lot in over 50 years.
South of the Border was built during the very un PC time period just after World War II in the early 1950's. There were similiar roadside attractions built all across the US during this time. Most have since disappeared and no longer exist. However South of the Border has survived for some reason. As you travel down the east coast into the southern states you will begin to see some signs with a little Mexican man named Pedro advertising South of the Border. Pedro has a different message for you on each sign. Pedro speaks in very broken English and is a stereotypical portrait of a Mexican American. By todays standards the signs could be considered very insulting and not proper. However in the 1950's there were no real PC standards. Signs like Pedro sez Don't mes the next exit dot the landscape all along the Interstate. As you get closer to Dillon the signs start appearing more and more frequently. Finally there is one at almost every mile as you approach South of the Border. And then finally you spot it just on the horizon.
The only thing to see really in Dillon.Definite throwback to the 1950's there.It's just one of those typical American road trip pit stops that is good for like a day to check out...or an overnight stay isn't too bad.
pedro's reptile lagoon is a small reptile zoo located at south of the border. as the name implies there are reptiles on display here.
pedro's tower is located at south of the border. you can take an elevator to the top of this 165 foot tower for a view of I-95-US 301 exit.