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Mullins, South Carolina

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Mullins is a city in Marion County, South Carolina, United States As of the 2000 census, the city population was 5,029

Incorporated on March 4, 1872, Mullins was named after Col William S Mullins, who served as a representative for Marion County in the South Carolina State Legislature from 1852 to 1866


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 2000 Census
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Mullins Fire Department
  • 6 Historic places
  • 7 Notable people
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


On March 4, 1872, the charter was approved for the town of Mullins The same year the Macedonia Methodist church was established, the first church within city limits By 1878, the city of Mullins had a population of seventy-five people, a total of twelve families There were only three stores and four unpaved streets: Railroad, Main, Smith, and Gapway Streets

In 1894, the growth and sale of tobacco sparked the further development of the city of Mullins In 1895, tobacco was sold for c1713 a pound, a good price Mullins became the largest distributor of tobacco in the country, known as "South Carolinas Largest, The world's best tobacco market" In the late 1920s the tobacco festival was started and is still celebrated today

Mullins' first school was established in 1872, which was attended by boys and girls from the town, nearby rural areas, and neighboring counties The first schoolhouse was built in 1904; a brick, two story building on Academy Street A second schoolhouse was built in 1913, on the corner of Main and Academy streets Mullins High School was built in 1923 on North Park Street where it stood until burning in 1976 It was rebuilt close to the old Marion highway, outside of the city limits McCormick Elementary School was built on Sandy Bluff Road in 1956 The original Palmetto School for Negroes High and Elementary was built on Cypress Street in 1919 and around 1956 was split up The Palmetto Elementary School was built on Broad Street The Palmetto High School was built on O'Neal Street with 1970 being the last graduating class It became Palmetto Middle School as it remains today Gapway Road was designed from 76 Hwy in 1933 It was the most popular street in Mullins, SC

In 1970 all schools were combined into a fully integrated school system

In 1910, the public library was established The current library, located at the corner of N Main and Wine Streets, was built in 1940

The AH Buchan Company Building, Dillard Barn, Imperial Tobacco Company Building, Liberty Warehouse, Mt Olive Baptist Church, Mullins Commercial Historic District, Neal and Dixon's Warehouse, Old Brick Warehouse, Rasor and Clardy Company Building, and JC Teasley House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places3


Mullins is located at 34°12′19″N 79°15′19″W / 3420528°N 7925528°W / 3420528; -7925528 34205239, -792553094

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30 square miles 78 km2, all land


Historical population
1890 242
1900 828 2421%
1910 1,832 1213%
1920 2,379 299%
1930 3,158 327%
1940 4,392 391%
1950 4,916 119%
1960 6,229 267%
1970 6,006 −36%
1980 6,068 10%
1990 5,910 −26%
2000 5,029 −149%
2010 4,663 −73%
Est 2016 4,524 −30%
US Decennial Census6

2000 Censusedit

As of the census1 of 2000, there were 5,029 people, 2,001 households, and 1,324 families residing in the city The population density was 1,6478 people per square mile 6366/km² There were 2,312 housing units at an average density of 7576/sq mi 2927/km² The racial makeup of the city was 6158% African American, 3659% White, 028% Native American, 068% Asian, 012% from other races, and 076% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 093% of the population

There were 2,001 households out of which 293% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 331% were married couples living together, 291% had a female householder with no husband present, and 338% were non-families 311% of all households were made up of individuals and 145% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 246 and the average family size was 308

In the city, the population was spread out with 276% under the age of 18, 88% from 18 to 24, 235% from 25 to 44, 232% from 45 to 64, and 169% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 38 years For every 100 females there were 732 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 655 males

The median income for a household in the city was $20,154, and the median income for a family was $25,218 Males had a median income of $26,233 versus $16,572 for females The per capita income for the city was $12,183 About 253% of families and 287% of the population were below the poverty line, including 442% of those under age 18 and 200% of those age 65 or over

At one time Mullins, South Carolina was the largest tobacco producing/ marketing industry in the United States


The city is run by an elected Mayor-council government system

Mullins Fire Departmentedit

One of the greatest fears of the people of Mullins was that of fire When a fire broke out, neighbors were called by cries for help or by farm bells as homeowners watched all of their possessions being engulfed by flames The first Mullins Fire Department was established in the early 1920s The first fire wagon was a regular farm wagon with a ladder and twenty to thirty buckets hanging from the sides The wagon was pulled by man power and the equipment was operated by the first men who arrived to help The first truck powered by gas was a 1923 Ford pickup purchased in 1959

Historic placesedit

  • Neal and Dixon's Warehouse
  • The Mullins Depot, which now houses the South Carolina Tobacco Museum
  • Anderson Brothers Bank – The Mullins hometown bank Established in 1929 by BB and EL Anderson, who had operated a depository out of their warehouse
  • Rasor & Clardy Building
  • Liberty Warehouse
  • Old Brick Warehouse
  • Imperial Tobacco Company Building

Notable peopleedit

  • Joseph O Rogers, Jr, politician born in Mullins in 19217
  • Jeanne Fowler Stiglbauer, high school principal recognized in TIME magazine, born in Mullins in 1954
  • John Arch McMillan III, otherwise known as Jebb Mac, front man and lead singer for Nashville recording band Jebb Mac Band8


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  3. ^ National Park Service 2010-07-09 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990" United States Census Bureau 2011-02-12 Retrieved 2011-04-23 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2015 
  7. ^ "Joseph O Rogers, Jr, Papers" PDF libraryscedu Retrieved May 3, 2014 
  8. ^ "Jebb Mac Band" Jebb Mac Band Retrieved 2017-02-08 

External linksedit

  • The Greater Mullins Chamber of Commerce
  • Sci-Way Article: Historic Mullins, SC
  • South Carolina Tobacco Museum
  • City history
  • City website

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