February 7, 2002

Walls Come Tumbling Down On Once Booming Economic Region Of County

The boom that swelled the population of citizens and business in Gorin after its creation in the late 1800's has been replaced by the boom of the wrecking ball and the demolition crews as many of the town's oldest buildings are being demolished.

The town most recently lost two buildings off the south side of the former main commerce section of town. Mike Tague is in the process of cleaning up the two sites, which had deteriorated beyond repair. The project does not mark the first time buildings had to be taken down for safety reasons.

The loss of the "historical" sites might lend itself to fond memories of the town in its glory days as far back as 1910. According to the book Gorin 1889-1989, the town boasted a population of 830 citizens and was the home to some 30 different businesses.

It did not take long for the town to grow into a commerce center after the Sante Fe Railroad tracks reached Gorin on December 16, 1887, the same year the Gorin post office was established. The town, which took its name in honor of well-known Scotland County resident Henry M. Gorin, expanded even further when a second rail line was finished in 1911.

The 1900 Census revealed Gorin consisted of approximately 160 houses. These citizens were served by no fewer than three hotels, three separate newspapers, two real estate agencies, two doctors and surgeons and a pair of liveries to go along with the grocery, hardware, and dry goods stores.

Those were the good old days, as the memories of many of these businesses are fading away along with the actual buildings that housed many of these recollections.

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