Dillon

/dil"euhn/, n.
1. C(larence) Douglas, born 1909, U.S. lawyer and government official, born in Switzerland: Secretary of the Treasury 1961-65.
2. John Forrest, 1831-1914, U.S. jurist and legal scholar.

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 city, seat (1881) of Beaverhead county, southwestern Montana, U.S., on the Beaverhead River (part of the Jefferson River system). It was founded as Terminus in 1880, with the arrival of the Utah and Northern Railroad, and was renamed (1881) for Sidney Dillon, president of the Union Pacific (Union Pacific Railroad Company), who directed completion of the line to Butte, 55 miles (89 km) north. The community (incorporated in 1885) developed as a wool-shipping point, and the founding there in 1893 of Montana's first normal school (later Western Montana College) sustained its growth. The city lies between several divisions of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, for which it is headquarters, in an area of old mining camps. (This history is reflected in the Beaverhead County Museum in Dillon.) Nearby Bannack, now a ghost town and site of Montana's first major gold strike (1862), was once a bustling community of 8,000 and the first territorial capital. Dillon's economy now depends on ranching and farming (livestock, hay, and seed potatoes), mining, and tourism. Dude ranches dot the surrounding countryside. The Maverick Mountain Ski Area is to the northwest, and Clark Canyon Reservoir is 20 miles (32 km) to the south. Nearby Clark's Lookout State Park features an outcrop used by Lewis and Clark (Lewis and Clark Expedition) for scouting a route during their expedition. Pop. (2000) 3,752; (2006 est.) 4,056.

      county, eastern South Carolina, U.S. It lies in a fertile tobacco-growing region of the Coastal Plain. North Carolina forms the northeastern border, the Lumber River the southeastern border, and the Great Pee Dee River (Pee Dee River) the southwestern border. The county is also drained by the Little Pee Dee River and includes Little Pee Dee State Park. Its river regions are swampy. During the American Civil War, Maple Swamp was a refuge for Confederate army deserters. The county was formed in 1910 and named for J.W. Dillon, an early settler. The county seat is Dillon.

      In addition to tobacco, the other principal farm products are wheat, cotton, and hogs. Factories produce carpets, clothing, and other textile products. Much of Dillon county is covered by pine and hardwood forests, and logging and the manufacture of wood products are also important to the economy. Area 405 square miles (1,049 square km). Pop. (2000) 30,722; (2007 est.) 30,694.

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