“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Houston County, Alabama

Clickable Map of Houston County, Alabama and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Houston County, AL (45) Dale County, AL (41) Geneva County, AL (7) Henry County, AL (38) Jackson County, FL (36) Early County, GA (17) Seminole County, GA (7)  HoustonCounty(45) Houston County (45)  DaleCounty(41) Dale County (41)  GenevaCounty(7) Geneva County (7)  HenryCounty(38) Henry County (38)  JacksonCountyFlorida(36) Jackson County (36)  EarlyCountyGeorgia(17) Early County (17)  SeminoleCounty(7) Seminole County (7)
Dothan is the county seat for Houston County
Adjacent to Houston County, Alabama
      Dale County (41)  
      Geneva County (7)  
      Henry County (38)  
      Jackson County, Florida (36)  
      Early County, Georgia (17)  
      Seminole County, Georgia (7)  
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1Alabama, Houston County, Ashford — Ashford Centennial
On Broadway Avenue (County Road 55) at Midland Street, on the right when traveling north on Broadway Avenue.
Ashford was incorporated on June 22, 1891. Citizens, friends, and families of Ashford gathered here on June 22, 1991, to remember Ashford's durable and progressive history. This commemoration also affirmed their faith in Ashford's future by placing . . . Map (db m73411) HM
2Alabama, Houston County, Ashford — Ashford Depot
On 3rd Avenue at Midland Street, on the right when traveling north on 3rd Avenue.
This depot, an example of late 19th century Victorian railroad architecture, was constructed by the Alabama Midland Railroad in March, 1888 as a way station on the Bainbridge-to-Montgomery route. The depot was the only building to survive a . . . Map (db m73355) HM
3Alabama, Houston County, Ashford — 1990 — Ashford United Methodist Church
On North 5th Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
This building site was purchased March 9, 1889 by trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, of Gordon Circuit. Services were held in a three-walled wood structure until the completion of a permanent building in 1893. In 1927 a brick building . . . Map (db m83760) HM
4Alabama, Houston County, Ashford — Incorporation of Ashford/Ashford - a Unique Name
On North Broadway, on the right when traveling north.
Incorporation of Ashford Wishing to incorporate their small town of “Pine-Woods,” a group of men set off to Abbeville, Alabama to go before Probate Judge Dan Gordon on May 11, 1891. A petition was signed on that day, recorded and filed . . . Map (db m64866) HM
5Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Columbia Baptist Church
On North Main Street (Alabama Route 95) at River Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street.
Side 1 This church was constituted in 1835 following the withdrawal of six people from Omussee Baptist Church in a dispute over the role of missions. The first pastor Edmund Talbot, who served the Church until 1853, donated that land and . . . Map (db m73361) HM
6Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Columbia CemeteryHouston County
Near West Church Street west of North Washington Street.
Front The Columbia Cemetery was started in the 1830s on land given by Rev. Edmund Talbot. It postdates the abandoned Omussee Creek Church Cemetery located a mile SW of here. A "public Meeting house," which served as the Columbia . . . Map (db m115031) HM
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7Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Columbia Elementary School Bell
On South Main Street south of East Church Street (Alabama Route 52), on the left when traveling south.
After the creation of Houston County in 1903, the old Henry County branch courthouse on the public square in Columbia was converted into the Columbia Elementary School. A bell tower and this bell was added atop the main entrance of the two story . . . Map (db m176158) HM
8Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Columbia Methodist Episcopal Church, South
On East Church Street (Alabama Route 52) at South Davis Street, on the right when traveling east on East Church Street.
Side 1 History suggests that, in the early 1820's, circuit riding preachers from the South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church arrived in the newly settled town of Columbia. Assigned to the Early County Mission in . . . Map (db m73363) HM
9Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Columbia, Alabama
On South Main Street at West Church Street (Alabama Route 52), on the right when traveling south on South Main Street.
Founded in 1820, Columbia was originally located about a mile south, near where the Omussee Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River. It served as the county seat of Henry County from 1826 to 1833. Bordering the State of Georgia and the . . . Map (db m73364) HM
10Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Old Columbia Jail / Columbia
On East North Street at South Main Street, on the left when traveling west on East North Street.
(side 1) Old Columbia Jail Erected sometime in the early 1860's, the Old Columbia Jail is today one of the last wooden jails still standing in Alabama. Originally, there were two cells, each measuring 10 x 15 feet. Interior . . . Map (db m73368) HM
11Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Omussee Creek Mound and Mississippian Period Societies — Creek Heritage Trail —
On Omussee Creek Road, 0.5 miles north of Picnic Road, on the right when traveling north.
Near where you stand lies Omussee Creek Mound, the southernmost platform mound along the Chattahoochee River, occupied approximately 1300 to 1550 A.D. as part of an important Native American settlement. This region of southeastern Alabama and . . . Map (db m115032) HM
12Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Omussee Creek Mound and the Ancestors of the Creeks — Creek Heritage Trail —
On Omussee Creek Road, 0.5 miles north of Picnic Road, on the right when traveling north.
We do not know the exact date that residents of the community of which Omussee Creek Mound was a part abandoned the mound, but by around 1550 it was definitely in decline. Many believe this may have been part of a broader, regional depopulation due . . . Map (db m115034) HM
13Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — Purcell - Killingsworth House
On North Main Street (Alabama Route 95) at Clark Street, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street.
This house, also known as Travelers Rest, was completed in 1890 by William Henry Purcell (1845-1910) a prominent Columbia businessman and politician. Purcell had many business interests including a steamboat landing on the Chattahoochee River. This . . . Map (db m73370) HM
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14Alabama, Houston County, Columbia — The Chacato People — Creek Heritage Trail —
On Omussee Creek Road, 0.5 miles north of Picnic Road, on the right when traveling north.
The original builders of the Omussee Creek mound had abandoned the site by around 1550, but the area continued to be occupied by Native American groups well into the early nineteenth century. As early as the 1630s, Spanish missionaries from . . . Map (db m115037) HM
15Alabama, Houston County, Cottonwood — Cottonwood, Alabama
On County Road 55 at Cottonwood Road (State Road 53), on the right when traveling south on County Road 55.
In April 1903, the Town of Cottonwood was incorporated, making it the first town established in Houston County. The town's name may have come from either Mr. Wood, an influential land owner, or from the softwood trees growing in the area. General . . . Map (db m73381) HM
16Alabama, Houston County, Cottonwood — Southern Boundary of the United States1795-1819
On U.S. 231 at State Line Road, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 231.
On October 27, 1795, the United States concluded the Treaty of San Lorenzo with Spain, establishing 31 north latitude as the boundary between its southern territory and West Florida. Despite Spanish delays, commissions representing the two . . . Map (db m73359) HM
17Alabama, Houston County, Cowarts — Cowarts Baptist Church / Cowarts School
On Jordon Street, on the right when traveling west.
(Front): Cowarts Baptist Church Cowarts Baptist Church was founded in 1885 when dissension arose in the Congregation of Smyrna. Originally located beside the cemetery, the church was destroyed by fire during the 1890s. It was rebuilt . . . Map (db m64865) HM
18Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — 1905 Houston County Courthouse Bell
On North Oates Street.
This bell rang over the streets of Dothan from 1905 until 1960 when it was saved from demolition by Dewey Emfinger. It was loaned to Houston County for display in 2006 by the Emfinger family in honor of Dewey and Beatrice Emfinger. Thank you to . . . Map (db m83779) HM
19Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — A Memorial to the Fallen
On North Saint Andrews Street south of East Troy Street, on the right when traveling north.
In Gratitude to those who Bravely gave their loved ones in this cause to those who can't forget-we can but say that all might hear "we too remember" "Legions of our hero dead you are here with us forever you live again in the Hearts of men we . . . Map (db m185890) WM
20Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Atlantic Coastline Passenger Station
On Depot Street at North St Andrews Street, on the right when traveling west on Depot Street.
Side 1 Constructed by the Atlantic Coastline Railroad in 1907 during Dothan's rapid growth as a commercial center of the Wiregrass Region, this building serves as a reminder of the most popular and accessible form of transportation in . . . Map (db m73357) HM
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21Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Boyhood Home of Rev. Bob Jones
On West Main Street (U.S. 84) west of Bocage Drive, in the median. Reported damaged.
Near this spot was the boyhood home of Rev. Bob Jones, (1884-1968), D.D., L.L.D., internationally known evangelist and founder of Bob Jones University. The eleventh child of W. Alexander and Georgia Creel Jones, he was three months old when the . . . Map (db m191348) HM
22Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Cherry Street African Methodist Episcopal Church
On North Cherry Street at East Adams Street, on the right when traveling north on North Cherry Street.
On this site in 1877 Gaines Chapel Church was organized. A wooden structure was erected adjacent to an existing graveyard. In 1891 and 1901 additional land was purchased. In 1908 the present building was dedicated. This structure was of early . . . Map (db m73362) HM
23Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Dothan Dixie StandpipeHouston County
On East Powell Street at North St Andrews Street, on the left when traveling east on East Powell Street.
One hundred feet tall and sixteen feet in diameter, this structure embodies the significance of "pure and plentiful" water resulting in the city's early growth and development as the hub of the Wiregrass region. Through the careful stewardship of . . . Map (db m115022) HM
24Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Dothan Municipal Light and Water Plant
On Museum Avenue north of East Main Street (U.S. 84), on the right when traveling north.
Municipal Light & Water Plant has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1991Map (db m115030) HM
25Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Dothan Opera House
On North St. Andrews Street, on the left when traveling north.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior, December 16, 1977, through the efforts of the Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Incorporated. Constructed in 1915, this three-story masonry structure remains . . . Map (db m83780) HM
26Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Federal Building
On West Troy Street.
Entered on the National Register of Historic Places December 31, 1974 Federal Building U.S. Courthouse Dothan, Alabama James Knox Taylor Architect 1909 This property significantly contributes to the Nation's Cultural Heritage . . . Map (db m83781) HM
27Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — First Baptist Church
On West Main Street (Alabama Route 52) at North Alice Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
In November 1887 nine charter members organized the First Baptist Church of Dothan. In 1888 the Church erected a one room frame structure at 205 South Saint Andrews Street. A beautiful Gothic brick building in the SE corner of Main and Oates . . . Map (db m83782) HM
28Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — First Missionary Baptist ChurchDothan, Alabama
On Chickasaw Street at North Alice Street, on the right when traveling west on Chickasaw Street.
(side 1)
In 1889, Georgia Baptists led by Reverend W. M. Carter organized the New Hope Baptist Church in the village of Poplar Head. Reverend Robert Nelson was called as the first pastor. In 1907, newly-elected trustees incorporated . . . Map (db m102970) HM
29Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Headland Presbyterian Church
Near Landmark Drive at Reeves Street (U.S. 431).
Side 1 Organized on July 8, 1897 by the commission of South Alabama Presbytery. From the original seventeen members, J.D. Jones, N. M. McDonald, and I. M. Barton were elected ruling elders and Dr. Charles Sporman, D. R. Redding, and W. R. . . . Map (db m73379) HM
30Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Houston County
On North Oates Street (Business U.S. 231) at West Main Street (Business U.S. 84), on the right when traveling north on North Oates Street.
After much politicking, on February 9, 1903, delegates from this area, T.M. Espy, Byrd Farmer, and George H. Malone, were successful in getting a bill passed in the State Legislature to form a new county from parts of Henry, Dale, and Geneva . . . Map (db m41135) HM
31Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Johnny Mack Brown
On South St Andrews Street, on the right when traveling south.
Johnny Mack Brown, an outstanding athlete and western movie star, was born in Dothan on September 1, 1904. Johnny Mack was one of nine children born to John Henry and Hattie McGillivray Brown. The Brown family home was located on South Saint Andrews . . . Map (db m83783) HM
32Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Main Street Commercial Historic District
On East Main Street at North Foster Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street.
Side A This District encompasses the old downtown commercial center of Dothan and is characterized by a high concentration of closely spaced commercial and warehouse structures. The buildings in the District span the period of Dothan’s early . . . Map (db m41136) HM
33Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Marvin Holman
On Museum Avenue at Main Street (U.S. 84), on the right when traveling south on Museum Avenue.
A mule trader for 65 years, was known throughout the nation for the slogan,"'Tolable' fair dealer". Opposite this site, on the southeast corner of East Main and Holman Streets stood one of the south's largest mule stables. Built in 1917, the . . . Map (db m83784) HM
34Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Poplar Head Spring
On East Main Street (Business U.S. 84) at Museum Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street.
Located near this marker is the Poplar Head Spring which served as a meeting place for Indian traders prior to the arrival of the white and black settlers. The Alibamu Indians of the Chattahoochee River basin met the Creeks of the Choctawahatchee . . . Map (db m41141) HM
35Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — Shelley General Store
Near Landmark Drive at Reeves Street (U.S. 431).
Side 1 William Lafayette Shelley (1868-1953), son of Mark Shelley and Mary Jane Ronie Shelley, was a progressive farmer and entrepreneur in the Tumbleton community of Henry County, Alabama. “Papa Billy”, as he was known by . . . Map (db m73377) HM
36Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — The Founding of Dothan, Alabama
On North St Andrews Street, on the right when traveling north.
Side A In the late 1700s and 1800s, horse and ox-drawn covered wagons from Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville traveled across the South as pioneer families searched for a place to build new homes and to start a new life. Those pioneers, . . . Map (db m154411) HM
37Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — The Naming of Dothan
On Museum Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
In 1858, the tiny Poplar Head community requested a post office. Since there was a town called Poplar Spring in the state, the postal authorities arbitrarily assigned the name Dothan to the new post office to prevent misdirected mail. Early maps and . . . Map (db m41137) HM
38Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — The Steamboat EraSize: 82 Feet Long by 24 Feet High — Painting completed January 2000 Artist Wes Hardin —
On North Foster Street, 0.1 miles north of East Troy Street, on the right when traveling north.
There were few roads in the Wiregrass in 1800s - and the roads that were here were little more than twin rutted paths. The main transportation in the region was the steamboats on the Chattahoochee River on the east, and, to a lesser degree, the . . . Map (db m83786) HM
39Alabama, Houston County, Dothan — The Waddell House
Near Landmark Drive at Reeves Street (U.S. 431).
Side 1 This quaint turn of the century farmhouse originally stood on an 80 acre farm, located 2 miles west of the Houston County Courthouse. The house was built by Bud Bush of heart pine lumber from the sawmill owned and operated by . . . Map (db m73378) HM
40Alabama, Houston County, Gordon — Gordon Baptist Church
On Leslie Street at Church Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Leslie Street.
Side 1 Baptists of Gordon first erected a brush arbor church, Hope Arbor, circa 1819. On May 16, 1867 James Pynes gave one acre and timber to build a church in the town center. Pynes, William Wood and John T. Davis, Building Committee, . . . Map (db m73372) HM
41Alabama, Houston County, Gordon — Gordon Cemetery / Early Gordon Leaders
On Main Street (Alabama Route 95) 0.1 miles north of Hall Street (County Road 81), on the left when traveling north.
(side 1) Gordon Cemetery Mr. William Wood (b. 22 Mar. 1826, d. 15 Oct. 1885), a prominent Gordon businessman, donated one acre of land located north of the town center adjacent to the old river road, now U.S. Highway 95, from . . . Map (db m73371) HM
42Alabama, Houston County, Kinsey — Mallalieu Seminary
On Broad Street (County Road 41) at Bethel Road, on the left when traveling east on Broad Street.
Side 1 Organized in 1882 at nearby Rocky Creek Methodist Church for educational purposes. This school, which occupied approximately seven acres surrounding this marker, was supported by the Methodist Episcopal Church North. This school . . . Map (db m73374) HM
43Alabama, Houston County, Pansey — Liberty Baptist Church
On Liberty Road at Snell Road, on the left when traveling east on Liberty Road.
The church was organized in 1867 under a brush arbor very near the present sanctuary. The brush arbor was replaced by a log building and services were conducted in the log building until approximately 1895. It was in 1895 that Liberty Baptist Church . . . Map (db m83787) HM
44Alabama, Houston County, Rehobeth — Big Creek United Methodist Church / Joseph Watford Revolutionary War Veteran
On Alabama Route 605, 0.5 miles south of Boys Club Road, on the left when traveling south.
(side 1) Big Creek United Methodist Church One of the oldest churches in southeast Alabama and reportedly the oldest church in Houston County. The first church structure was a log building constructed about 20 yards north of the . . . Map (db m73356) HM
45Alabama, Houston County, Taylor — Town of Taylor, Alabama
Near Alabama Route 605 at Hosea Road, on the right when traveling north.
Taylor, one of the area's oldest communities, became a small town around 1870. Billy Taylor, son of James and Wealthy Taylor, established the post office and was appointed the first postmaster. Thus Taylor derived its name from the first . . . Map (db m179475) HM
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Jan. 27, 2023