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Border History Revealed

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

South of the Border tourist attraction has been a landmark in Dillon, SC for over 60 years. With such a long rich history, there have been many cards, posters, trinkets and memorabilia associated with Pedro and The Border. Many people have collected these items over the years, and occasionally the drop us a line or email to share their treasures with us. We have some great photos on our website that reflect the changes and growth of South of Border over the years. But that is only a small fraction of the images out there in cyberspace.

We recently received a picture of a 1957 post card on our Facebook group from a person who collects memorabilia about Hwy 301. This highway is the original location for South of the Border, and was the way all our travelers came to us. This changed when Interstate 95 became the main north/south highway in the area years later. He has quite few more photos and post cards on his profile and we thank him for sharing them with us. Here is a collection of early billboards from our Facebook group too. We believe these are from the late 50’s and early 60’s as well. And this shot of the motel lobby and giant Pedro sign is from the 60’s too, judging by the sweet, sweet rides in the parking lot.

Speaking of sweet rides, check out the photo album that showcases all the Mustangs from the car show held every year on the grounds of South of the Border. It has pictures of Mustangs and Fords from several decades. The Round Up at the Border event raises money for charity every year, and continues to attract more and more muscle car enthusiasts from across the country.

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South Of The Border’s 60 Year Anniversary

Friday, January 1st, 2010

history_donkeyThis year South of the Border, America’s favorite roadside attraction located near Dillon South Carolina along Interstate 95 at the North Carolina and South Carolina border, marks its 60th year of operation and our plans are to get bigger and better than ever before. Pedro has seen a lot of changes in the world and a lot of changes here at South of the Border over the years, and Pedro has many new projects and renovations in the works.

South of the Border began as a 600 square foot stand selling beer to thirsty patrons from dry counties north of the border in North Carolina and has developed into a 300 acre complex with such diverse features as a motel and campground, six restaurants, a theme park, mini-golf, fireworks store, gas stations and more than a dozen gift shops with everything from Mexican jumping beans to antiques. In the beginning Mr. Alan Schafer worked the stand by himself and now SOTB is run by the third generation of the Schafer family and hundreds of employees, making it the biggest employer in Dillon County, S.C.

The people used to come to in a few at a time in American made Chevys and Fords traveling along Highway 301. Now Pedro greets millions of cars, made all over the world, traveling from New York to Florida on Interstate 95, and now some of those cars even run off of electricity. And now, people can travel on jet planes from one side of the U.S. in only a few hours instead of having to drive for days. Speaking of traveling, Pedro has even seen people take voyages in rocket ships from the Earth to the Moon and live in space stations circling high above our planet.

Communicating has changed immensely in the last 60 years. Back in 1950, telephones weighed a few pounds and their use was limited by how long the cord that was attached to it would reach. The sound traveled over wires stretched from coast to coast, and operators transferred calls by switching plugs to make the connection. Now the phones weigh only a few ounces and are wireless so that you can carry them with you on your trip to give Pedro a call if you need to reserve a room at the South of the Border Motor Inn. The cell phone signals now bounce off satellites orbiting the earth and can reach nearly any point on the planet. The satellites themselves are another creation that has happened in the last 60 years, with Russian putting the Sputnik 1 in orbit in 1957. Floating high above the earth and circling the globe, they now carry every type of communication one can image. Television, phone calls, global positioning signals (GPS), surveillance cameras and outer space research are all carried by satellites today. GPS has become a vital part of modern communication and travel. The satellites send signals to small devices, cars, and cell phones that are equipped to guide people to their destination with on-board maps that are displayed on the screen or by a voice that speaks to you.

The computer might be the biggest change in world since South of the Border opened all those many years ago, followed closely by the invention of the internet. In the 1960’s computers were so large that each one would take up space equivalent to the average living room just to do the simplest of calculations. Now smart cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand are able to pack the power of dozens of those computers, and they can connect to the internet so you can surf the web while away from home. The internet has become ingrained in everyday life, with people doing their shopping, paying bills, learning, playing games, watching movies and using social media sites to connect with their friends who might live far away.

Other notable inventions, events and milestones since South of the Border opened are:

  • Microwave oven- Pedro thinks microwave burritos should be on here too!
  • The Snuggie- Pedro has been wearing one for 60 years, we call it a serape in Mexico
  • The Polaroid camera and digital camera- Pedro looks very handsome right?
  • E-mail- Lets Pedro stay in touch with his many friends and visitors all over the world.
  • Remote control- If Pedro can ever find his, have you seen it?
  • Automatic Teller Machines- Made getting more money to spend with Pedro VERY easy
  • Salsa takes over as #1 condiment- Pedro thinks plain old ketchup never stood a chance!

We know there are so many more events, inventions and important happenings in the last 60 years and we invite you to share your memories of anything that was important to you and your family, or simply tell us your favorite memory of South of the Border and the changes you have seen to our complex here in Dillon, SC.

One Sweet Honeymoon Suite

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

70_style_honeymoonAmong the multitude of kitschy, crazy and colorful items you can find here at South of the Border in Dillon, South Carolina is a small world of glamor and glitz know as “The Honeymoon Suites.” In years gone by, the red shag carpeting, beds with mirrors and sombrero shaped canopies made these rooms a surreal slice of 70’s and 80’s society that brought pop culture lovers from all over the East Coast to stay here with Pedro. Our famous billboards that stretch the entire length of Interstate 95 featured ads for the suites with the very clever caption: “Heir-Conditioned.”

Countless tales and photos of happy honeymooner’s from near and far making the trek to South of the Border can be found online in blogs and photo journals. The infamous $99 Honeymoon Special  included the wedding ceremony,  a bottle of fine champagne, free breakfast from Pedro’s Diner and a water-bed equipped suite.

This package was so popular that over a dozen marriages would take place right here on the South of the Border grounds each weekend over the course of a summer.

Currently these rooms have been remodeled and upgraded as part of our multi-million dollar renovation project here in Pedroland. Pedro’s new suites have plush beds with exquisite linens, a posh décor, and big screen televisions. We know you will find the modern conveniences and amenities of our new suites more in line with the comfort that today’s discerning travelers demand.

In addition, all of our standard rooms are being renovated and upgraded as well, while maintaining a very economical price for the budget conscious family of vacationers. If you are passing through with your travel trailer or recreational vehicle, our 100 space campground is the ideal place to take a break from the long journey. We have 30 and 50 amp electrical hook-ups, hot showers, laundry facilities, grills and a play area for the children.

So even though you might miss the Honeymoon Suites with the wild and crazy 70′s vibe, you still have 300 acres of wacky fun, exciting games, delicious restaurants, fairground rides, gift shops filled with gadgets you never knew you needed, and lots more to explore with the entire family. To make your reservations, call Pedro toll-free at 1-800-845-6011 and we will save room for you and the family here at South of the Border in Dillon, SC.

Take a peek at some of our upgrades: