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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dothan, 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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Houston County, AL (42) Dale County, AL (25) Geneva County, AL (4) Henry County, AL (34) Jackson County, FL (31) Early County, GA (17) Seminole County, GA (7)  HoustonCounty(42) Houston County (42)  DaleCounty(25) Dale County (25)  GenevaCounty(4) Geneva County (4)  HenryCounty(34) Henry County (34)  JacksonCountyFlorida(31) Jackson County (31)  EarlyCountyGeorgia(17) Early County (17)  SeminoleCounty(7) Seminole County (7)
Location of Dothan, Alabama
    Houston County (42)
    Dale County (25)
    Geneva County (4)
    Henry County (34)
    Jackson County, Florida (31)
    Early County, Georgia (17)
    Seminole County, Georgia (7)
 
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1Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — 1905 Houston County Courthouse Bell
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
2Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Atlantic Coastline Passenger Station
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
3Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Boyhood Home of Rev. Bob Jones
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 m95353) HM
4Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Cherry Street African Methodist Episcopal Church
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
5Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Dothan Dixie StandpipeHouston County
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
6Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Dothan Municipal Light and Water Plant
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
7Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Dothan Opera House
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
8Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Federal Building
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
9Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — First Baptist Church
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
10Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — First Missionary Baptist ChurchDothan, Alabama
(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
11Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Headland Presbyterian Church
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
12Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Houston County
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
13Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Johnny Mack Brown
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
14Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Main Street Commercial Historic District
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
15Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Marvin Holman
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
16Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Poplar Head Spring
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
17Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Shelley General Store
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
18Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — The Founding of Dothan, Alabama
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
19Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — The Naming of Dothan
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
20Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — The Steamboat EraSize: 82 Feet Long by 24 Feet High — Painting completed January 2000 Artist Wes Hardin —
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
21Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — The Waddell House
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
 
Apr. 23, 2021