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A Brief History of Loris


The Chadbourn Lumber Company of Wilmington, North Carolina was constructing railroad lines into Horry County Forests in order to get timber to their sawmills just across the state line in North Carolina. On December 7, 1887, James Gould Patterson sold the Chadbourn Brothers land west of the railroad right-of-way for a depot. Loris was born.

On July 26, 1902, Loris was incorporated with Daniel J. Butler serving as the first Mayor of the new town. Loris developed one of the earliest and largest cotton markets within the state.  Opening its doors on May 15, 1950, the Loris Community  Hospital has continually expanded and provides medical services throughout Horry County. Loris Healthcare System now know as McLeod Loris Seacoast is the largest employer in Loris, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy each year.

Since the mid 1990’s, the City of Loris has grown dramatically with many parcels of property being annexed into the city. Following the 2000 Census, Loris was designated the second fastest growing city in South Carolina by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Loris celebrated the centennial of its incorporation in 2002, with a dedication of the first phase of a multi-phase downtown revitalization project which brought new sidewalks, decorative street lamps, landscaping and the city clock and carillon system to the central business district.

Loris Quick Facts:

  • ​​23 miles from the coast of South Carolina
  • 7 miles from the North Carolina state line
  • ​Loris High School was rated among the top 15 in the state in 2007 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Loris was incorporated on July 26, 1902
  • ​The Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival attracts approximately 35,000 people