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It is the largest city and county seat of Houston County, with a population of 65, at the census. Its name was taken from Genesis Dothan is the principal city of the Dothan, Alabama metropolitan area , which encompasses all of Geneva , Henry, and Houston counties; the small portion that lies in Dale County is part of the Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area. The combined population for the entire Dothan metropolitan area in was , Since approximately one-fourth of the U.

The area that is now Dothan was inhabited for thousands of years by successive cultures of indigenous peoples. In historic times it was occupied by the Alabama and Creek Native American tribes who were hunters and gatherers in the vast forests of pine that covered this region. These tribes had developed complex cultures, and often used to meet and camp for trading near a large spring at the crossroads of two trails.

Between and , the region that is now Dothan was part of the colony of British West Florida. Most felt that the sandy soil common to this region would be unsuitable for farming, so they moved on. A crude stockade was constructed on the Barber Plantation , where settlers could take refuge whenever they felt threatened.

Gradually the area received more white settlers. This fort disappeared by the s, after the end of the Indian Wars in Alabama and Indian Removal oin the s, when most members of the Five Civilized Tribes were forcibly taken to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River. Those members of the tribe who stayed in the southeast were considered to have given up their tribal memberships and became state and U.

The first permanent white settlers consisted of nine families who moved into the area during the early s to harvest the abundant timber. Their settlement, named "Poplar Head" after the spring, failed to thrive. It was all but abandoned by the time of the Civil War.

After the war, a local Pony Express route was founded; together with other developments during the Reconstruction Era , the town began to grow. On November 11, , the locals voted to incorporate , naming their new city "Dothan" after discovering that "Poplar Head" was already registered with the U.

On October 12, , [8] Dothan was the scene of a deadly altercation resulting from a dispute over a tax levied on all wagons operating within city limits. Local farmers opposed this levy and united in a body called the "Farmers Alliance". The arrest of some of the alliance's men led to a riot, and although the violence lasted only a few minutes, it left two men dead and others seriously wounded. Appeals to the Alabama Supreme Court resulted in a new trial, [10] and Domingus was acquitted. In , Dothan secured a stop on the first railroad to be built in the region.

This development brought new prosperity and growth, as local farmers had a means to market and transport their produce. The pine forests were harvested for turpentine and wood, which was transformed into ship masts, lumber and other wood products. As the pines were cut and land subsequently cleared, cotton was cultivated as a staple of the local economy.

The crops were devastated by the boll weevil in the early s. Farmers turned to peanut production, which was successful and brought financial gain to the city. It became a hub for the production and transport of peanuts and peanut-related products. Dothan also sought out industrial development, with textile and agricultural concerns being joined by manufacturing plants for the Sony , Michelin , and General Electric corporations in the 20th century.

The city had an exhibit at the New York World's Fair. The city continued to flourish and grow throughout the twentieth century, with an airport being constructed in and Wallace Community College in Troy University Dothan Campus [13] was established in and is located in the northwestern part of the city. The Southern Company constructed the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Generating Station near the city between and ; this 1,megawatt facility currently generates approximately 13, GW-h per year.

In Sony announced its closure of its Dothan plant. Pemco Aviation declared bankruptcy in March and in May that year announced the closing of its Dothan facility. Culturally, an art museum, several theaters, symphony orchestra, dance troupe and other artistic amenities have been established. Dothan is located in northwestern Houston County in southeastern Alabama. The city limits extend north into Henry County and northwest into Dale County. According to the U.

Census Bureau , the city has a total area of In recent decades, the city has expanded in several directions beyond the confines of this highway. It is the second-largest city in the Wiregrass Region after Tallahassee, Florida. Snowfall is an extremely rare event — a two-inch snowfall occurs about once every ten years, which results in a yearly average of 0.

According to the census, there were 57, people, 23, households and 17, families residing in the city. The population density was There were 27, housing units at an average density of The racial makeup of the city was There are 27, households, of which The average household size was 2.

Age distribution was The median age is 37 years. For every females, there are For every females age 18 and over, there were Average commute-to-work time is 18 minutes.

According to the census, there were 65, people, 26, households and 17, families residing in the city. There were 29, housing units at an average density of There are 26, households, of which The median age is 38 years.

Dothan is governed by a mayor and city council called the "Board of Commissioners" , with a city manager employed to manage city affairs. Members of the commission serve part-time, and are responsible for drafting all city ordinances and policies, and appropriation of city funds. Dothan's mayor is elected at-large for four years, and serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners.

A total of full-time and part-time employees work for the various city agencies in Dothan, including police, fire, clerical, judicial, finance, public works and utilities. As of , the office of mayor was held by Mark Saliba, while the city manager was Mike West.

Williams serves as city fire chief, while Steve Parrish is police chief. Dothan is located in Alabama's 2nd congressional district ; its current representative as of is Martha Roby R.

The city is divided among three different state senate districts 28, 29 and 31 [27] and four state representative districts 85, 86, 87 and Dothan is home to the "Yes We Can! Dothan" education movement, which is a community-based organization working to improve Dothan's public schools. Through community engagement, this movement has helped improve schools with a theme of "Better Schools. Better Dothan", and has received state and national recognition.

This airport was established at the former Army airbase at Napier Field in , after a push to move the airport was started in the early s by then-Mayor Richmond C. Jet services began in with Southern Airways ' acquisition of DC-9 aircraft, and continue today using the CRJ regional passenger jet. Unlike many municipal airports in the U. All airport revenue is generated through rental and other user fees charged to patrons and tenants of the facility. The airport serves as the local National Weather Service's weather observation station.

Presently, Dothan is served by three U. Although passenger trains no longer operate through Dothan, Greyhound Bus Lines maintains a station in town. The city of Dothan has hosted a number of railroads throughout its existence, beginning in with the Alabama Midland Railroad, later the Atlantic Coast Line , linking the city to Montgomery and Savannah. There were also a number of logging railroads and other shortlines that existed near Dothan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Dothan was also a stop for two Seaboard Coast Line local passenger trains from Waycross, Georgia , to Montgomery, Alabama , until And finally, Dothan was a stop for the South Wind passenger train, later Amtrak's Floridian , with service ending in The Floridian was the last passenger train to operate through Dothan. Dothan is the home of two hospitals: Southeast Alabama Medical Center is the city's only public hospital, and is located on the city's eastern side.

Flowers Hospital is a private hospital situated on Dothan's western side. On May 18, , Southeast Alabama Medical Center announced it would construct Alabama's first college of osteopathic medicine, to help fill the state's shortage of an estimated primary care physicians.

The largest Christian denomination in Dothan is the Southern Baptist church. Dothan is served by one daily newspaper, the Dothan Eagle , [52] one weekly newspaper, the Dothan Progress , [53] and a blog website Rickey Stokes News.

DirecTV and Dish Network provide direct broadcast satellite television including both local and national channels to area residents. The city is also served by several radio stations; among the oldest is WOOF, which went on the air as an AM station in ; its FM went on the air in Archived issues of Dothan Magazine are available online. Major League affiliations were maintained in later years with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

All teams played at the "D" league level, a defunct minor-league classification that represented the entry or "rookie" level in the minors. Dothan has a diverse economy. Agriculture is the largest industry, though retail sales and restaurants have experienced a rapid growth in recent years.

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It seated an impressive and featured an indoor baptistery, quite a novelty for its time. The new building provided ample room for Sunday School classes and other church functions. Directly across South Oates Street from the office sits the newly dedicated Justice Park, funded, in part, by the firm, which includes a modern clock tower and a replica of the Lady Justice statue. Slowly but surely, the new town began to grow. The streets are continually working alive with people The town is incorporated with two policemen, four or five doctors, four lawyers, three barrooms, six stores of general mer-.

Establishing law and order in Dothan proved particularly challenging. Farmers who came into the town to sell produce, swap stories and purchase supplies were not accustomed to such rules and often refused to obey them. A succession of mayors and Since its early years, the church has been very active in social matters. Although the church has undergone extensive renovations over the years, the exterior of the building remains largely unchanged, with the exception of the new wing seen to the right in this photograph.

Hyman Blumberg immigrated to America in the s from Prussia. For many years, he drove a stagecoach in the Wiregrass on a route between Geneva and Columbia. Blumberg witnessed the impressive growth of the Poplar Head community, and after the residents incorporated the crossroads into the town of Dothan, Blumberg resolved to open a business in the growing town.

From these inauspicious beginnings, he founded a clothing store that stood at the corner of Foster and Main streets for more than half a century.

But by the late s, the store had fallen on hard times as customers flocked to newly built shopping malls away from the city center. Much has changed on this street corner over the last 80 years. A law office is located on the bottom floor of the contemporary structure. The Carriage House Condominiums occupy the upper floors. However, most of the buildings on the left aged badly and have been demolished. A parking lot now occupies this location. The growing divide between officials and farmers resulted in a gunfight October 14, , known as the Dothan Riot, in which two farmers were killed.

The violent event was unprecedented in the small town and became a turning point in the relationship between officials and local farmers.

The coming of the railroad transformed Dothan from a small. As Dothan continued to grow in size and importance, town boosters began to call for an expanded role in county and state politics. In , county officials constructed a branch courthouse in the growing town.

Yet many felt that Dothan should hold an even more prominent position, one that reflected its heightening stature. The old First National Bank building has stood at the corner of Main and Foster streets for over a century. For years, a large clock adorned the corner of the building. Like many banks during the Great Depression, the old First National fell on hard times, although it never closed.

In , George Y. The company included a small, private bank, which the Malones also continued. In , the building was renovated and expanded. When it reopened in January , it featured the beautiful clock on the side. The clock hung until Since that time, the First National Bank has been vacant.

Keith Givens, a lawyer with the firm of Cochran, Cherry, Givens, and Smith, recently purchased and renovated the building. Custom Glass Designs has restored the old clock, and it will be displayed in the lobby of the building.

The renovation of the First National Bank Building is but one of the shining examples of historic preservation in downtown. Employees of the Dothan Baking Company stand in front of their fleet of delivery trucks advertising Bamby Bread. The company was popular through the United States for much of the 20th century.

The Alabama Legislature created Houston County, named. Houston, in February In a countywide election, voters selected Dothan as the new seat of government. The only other major competitor was Ashford, another town made prosperous by the Alabama Midland Railroad. These storefronts remain largely unchanged, although the area is not as busy as it once was.

The Porter-Farmer Building anchors the street at the corner. The Porter-Farmer building was constructed on the southeast corner of Foster and Troy streets in The Dothan Mortgage and Trust Company was the first tenant. A few years later, the company reorganized under the name Dothan Bank and Trust. Henry Green purchased the bank. But, by the s, when this photograph was taken, business had slowed as larger stores opened on the Ross Clark Circle and elsewhere, drawing customers and businesses from the downtown area.

Penney Company kept this corner of downtown Dothan bustling with activity. The company still has a store in Dothan, although now it is located in Wiregrass Commons Mall, having long ago abandoned the downtown district. The new county officials established a school system, constructed a stately courthouse and presided over unprecedented growth.

By , Houston County had more than 32, residents. Yet, for all the rapid change, there was also. Small factories, a textile mill and a coffin-manufacturing plant opened in the county, but none proved very successful.

The Porter-Farmer Building has been beautifully restored into a modern office complex. By the mids, businessmen and boosters renewed their search for new industries for the Wiregrass. They ran advertisements in Northern newspapers touting the advantages of Dothan and Houston County and made plans to establish a regional airport. These efforts met success in with the opening of the Dothan Hosiery Company, the first successful business in Dothan not directly linked to. Yet the city remained deeply tied to the land and agriculture of the surrounding county, a fact that area businessmen knew all too well.

Affixed to the First National Bank building on the corner of Foster and Main streets was an imposing clock. Courthouse and Post Office, located on the northwest corner of Troy and Foster streets, shortly before its completion in In , the Post Office relocated to its current location on South Oates and Burdeshaw streets to make room for the expanding needs of the court.

Built in by Byrd G. By the late s, the hotel was in decline, and many city boosters worried that the building would fall into disrepair. By the late s, the hotel was serving a new purpose as the home of the Dothan campus of Troy State University.

The university had sponsored classes at Fort Rucker for a number of years, but by the mids, the extension campus administrator, Robert M.

Paul, was actively searching for a way to expand the course offerings in Dothan. For several years, the school leased the top floors of the hotel. It was, by all accounts, an odd combination. The students shared frequently malfunctioning elevators with the remaining tenants living in the hotel. In , Paul persuaded the trustees in Troy to purchase the hotel and make extensive renovations. Troy State occupied the building until when it relocated to its current campus on U.

Hall was a tireless promoter of Dothan and led the efforts to attract new industries to the city for more than three decades. Hall built this building on the corner of Foster and Powell streets in Hall built a new headquarters across Foster Street and one block north in , renaming his business United Federal Savings and Loan in In , he completed an adjacent tower at Newton and Oates streets that became the corporate offices of National HealthCare.

The rise of industry in Dothan was not the only major development to affect the future of the region. The emergence of widespread peanut farming transformed the county landscape and had a major impact on the economy.

Army facility that also served as a POW camp later in the war. After the war, the population of the area continued to increase, and even more businesses opened. The Dothan Chamber of Commerce occupied this building for a number of years after United Federal relocated. Peters Municipal Associates, a civil engineering firm started by Charles D. Peters in , currently owns the building. The building looks very much the same as it did in the s. In fact, the original heating and cooling system is still operational.

You can even see the old night deposit boxes on the sides of the building. Elias Thomas Saliba, a native of Lebanon, arrived in present-day Houston County at the turn of the 20th century.

The youngest Saliba brother, Michael Thomas, arrived in Dothan about at the age of ten. When Michael Saliba was of age, he returned to his native Lebanon in order to marry. On October 7, , he married Satute Hareek, and the couple soon returned to Dothan where they lived for the rest of their lives. The stately, two-story colonial home was one of the finest in the city. After the Saliba home burned, the lot was occupied by the downtown Greyhound Bus Station.

The building was later rented by Troy State University Dothan during the time the school was housed in the old Houston Hotel and other outlying buildings. Since May , the George Washington Carver Interpretive Center, an interactive museum, has occupied the building and highlighted the many contributions of African Americans such as Carver to modern science and technology.

The park is but. Throughout their history, Dothan and Houston County have represented a crossroads. Before statehood, the area was a popular trading post for Native Americans. During the latter 19th century and after, Dothan became the urban center of a primarily agricultural area. There may be no better location in the In , the City of Dothan purchased the building to save it from demolition.

The building is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. Their first pastor was W. The city remains largely dependent upon the surrounding agriculture, yet has branched into other industries to foster its continued economic prosperity. In many ways, this book highlights a crossroads of another sort. Over the last 15 years, many in Dothan and Houston County have fully embraced The site now serves as the location of the Greater Beulah Baptist Church.

AfricanAmerican Baptists in the Lakeview area of Dothan organized the church in The church was relocated and renamed the Adams Street Baptist Church during the s. In , the church was reorganized under the present name. In , the church completed its Christian Family Life Center, seen to the left in this photograph.

The center serves as a meeting place for local events and as the location for Adult Education classes. The current pastor is the Reverend R. Some of the results can be seen in the contemporary photographs in this book. Yet the images also make it clear that much work remains to be done. And so as the city prepares to make the next step, to move forward with transforming downtown with new renovations, public spaces and even more murals, it is our. In , a grammar school was constructed on East Newton Street.

Shortly thereafter, the school was destroyed by fire. In , the school was renamed in honor of Dr. Graves Howell for his contributions to early education in the city. The cupola atop the school features a spiral slide fire escape. Howell School closed in In later years, the building housed the Dothan Manufacturing Company, a pajama factory. It is currently abandoned. In those early days, Lewis had very few employees and delivered the beverage to Dothanites in a one-mule wagon.

A new plant, built in by J. Andrews Street, soon expanded to cover an entire block. The Wiregrass has a rich past that is worth preserving. In recent years, it has relocated to a new facility off Napier Field Road. The old building appears to be vacant.

The Central Fire Station was designed in by architect H. In recent years, a pitched roof was added to the building. The fire station closed in when the department relocated Station No. The old building is now used as a storage building for older equipment. Some of the old fire engines are now used to pull floats in local parades. In , the old electric company became the home of the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

Located across from the Dothan Civic Center, the Museum of Art has five galleries that feature work by local and regional artists and interactive exhibits for children.

The building is featured on the National Register of Historic Places. Next to the museum is Millennium Park. When the shipment of mules arrived at the depot in Dixie,. Andrews Street to the family business. In later years, Holman became one of the early tractor dealers in the area, selling the durable MasseyFerguson brand.

He even gave local farmers the option to trade in their old mules for a down payment on a new tractor. In more recent times, Holman Tractor Company relocated to the Ross Clark Circle so that the company could continue to expand its business. The building that once housed the mule. Holman eventually sold his business, which still operates in the city today as Wells Tractor Company. The mule barn burned in the late s. The building was adjacent to the Dothan Opera House. Nothing remains of the original buildings that occupied this site.

The building visible across the street is E. It featured a seat auditorium on the first floor. City offices occupied the top floors. Andrews Street in the Dothan Civic Center. One could usually find a lively poker game in the lobby of the Hotel Martin. Buck Baker was mayor of Dothan from. Most of the original structures seen in the postcard are now gone, including the Hotel Martin. Liddon Furniture has replaced the Dothan Furniture Company in the bottom right. Wagon Company on St.

Andrews Street in this ca. The proprietor, John Sanders, is standing second from the right. The building also housed the Poplar Head Mule Company. Mules had an important. Hundreds of mules were sold in Dothan every week during the late s. He feels a great sense of responsibility and has a lot of pride in Landmark Park.

Building has been beautifully preserved by its current owner, Michael Gamble, a local personal injury attorney and former vice-president of the Dothan Downtown Group. The Gamble firm moved into the Young Building in June and refurbished the building in Andrews streets, near the office of Dr. Shortly after he completed the building, Young sold his drug store to his nephew, Walter Brown, and accepted a position as president of a local bank, a job he held until his death in Cumbie moved his bicycle shop to East Main Street in In , Cumbie sold the dealership, and the new owner expanded the business, selling bicycles, motorcycles and lawnmowers.

Cumbie building is an excellent example of the improvements brought to Dothan by the Downtown Group and the mural project. Two murals adorn the building. In , Eufaula addressed the Alabama Legislature. This photograph of the corner of Crawford and St. Andrews shows a bustling Malone Motor Company to the right and an oil company on the left. Carriage Company in More than a dozen members of the Malone family owned the business during its long existence.

Andrews and Crawford streets. Malone II came to Dothan to help turn the yearold auto dealership around. The young Malone had gained a reputation as a good businessman.

Aside from the removal of the brickwork atop the building and the removal of the awning, the building has changed remarkably little over the last 80 years and is still owned by the Malone family. In fact, you can still see where the old auto signs were hung on the brick exterior. The building is currently vacant. Folkes, one of the earliest settlers in Dothan.

In , William Singletary and A. Whiddon opened a farm supply store on the site. Singletary, along with his nephew Archie Carmichael, opened a new store in the building shortly thereafter. The Carmichael Building, as it came to be known, now houses an electronic supply company. The awning has been removed, as have half of the large storefront windows. At the time of this photograph, the Frith building was the Dothan Buick dealership. Frith established his hardware company.

Frith Seed and Hardware Company was one of many stores that catered to Dothan citizens in the early 20th century. As the area continued to grow, residents needed more lumber, cooking. Stores like Frith played a crucial role in the continued prosperity of the growing community. This postcard shows the impressive building in Shortly after the hospital closed, the Dothan Nursing Home occupied the building. It is now the home of Extendicare, a health and rehabilitation facility.

Southside Elementary School was completed on South St. This photograph was likely taken shortly after the building was completed. Even the old chimney in the middle remains, although it is surely no longer used.

The old school building now serves as The Cultural Arts Center. Opened on October 12, , Wiregrass Memorial Stadium is the oldest continuously operating recreational facility in Dothan. Portions of the original stadium remain today. The same year it opened, the stadium hosted the first football game for Dothan High School. The Tigers defeated Hartford In , area residents were treated to an exhibition game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds.

Over its long existence, the stadium has undergone several renovations. Over the last decade, it has been utilized mainly as a field for Dixie Youth League baseball for teenagers, as well as a practice field for girls softball.

Note that the original concrete bleachers are still in use. The team had a contract with the St. Louis Browns, who sent them a few players to cultivate over the years. But mostly, the Browns were made up of locals. By , it was all a distant memory.

The Major Leagues stopped sending players to Class D combines and, with the rise of televised games, the crowds at the local games began to dwindle. There are still quite a few citizens of Houston County who remember fondly the years when the Browns played at Wiregrass Memorial Stadium. Thanks to continued innovation and sustained operating and financial performance, the Center has achieved and maintained a reputation for providing the highest quality patient care and services in the area.

The school was named in honor of Jim Young, a longtime Dothan businessman and politician. Tice ran a full-service station until he was forced to suspend his business temporarily because of the gasoline shortage during World War II. In , his son-in-law Porter Arnold took over the store and renamed the business. Porter Arnold died in His two grandsons, Brandon and Clint Arnold, now run the business. They are the third generation of the family to operate the station.

One wonders what Mr. This photograph shows the Dothan. It was a small building, surrounded by tall concrete walls. When this photograph was taken in the late s, the building was considered a modern office complex. The modern offices of the Dothan Eagle now occupy this location. Most of the old GTE Building was demolished, although the newspaper did renovate the portion to the right.

Williams established the first. In , Simeon Blue, a relative newcomer to the area, established the Houston Eagle. At one point in the early 20th century, Dothan was served by two daily papers and a handful of weekly publications. Hall, a city clerk, purchased the Houston Eagle and a local printing company. He renamed the paper the Dothan Eagle and soon converted it into a daily publication.

In , the county built a large, modern jailhouse adjacent to the old building. In the early decades of the 20th century, when segregation and political disenfranchisement were the order of the day, African Americans in Southern cities turned inward and established vibrant communities filled with culture and a history that has largely been forgotten. In Dothan, many black businesses and homes were located along South Alice Street, in a predominantly black residential area known locally as Frogtown.

During the s, the building also doubled as a Masonic Hall. The small house to the left of the restaurant depicts the architecture typical of many of the homes in this community.

All the old structures in this area have been torn down. The site of the former restaurant is now a baseball field. Davis and his wife, Jewell. Davis Grocery was razed for a parking lot. This building, housing the now-defunct Medical Arts Pharmacy, was erected just north of that site. The architecture is typical of many African-American churches of the era. In , when this photograph was taken, George P. Pugh served as senior pastor of the church.

He and his wife, Daphne, lived in the parsonage next door. Its charter members included D. Carmichael, who would serve as mayor of Dothan in The following year, they dedicated the new sanctuary. Forty years later, the congregation voted to build a new church on West Main Street. It is the only portion of the church that remains. Its first pastor was Robert Nelson. In , the church was reorganized as the First Colored Church of. Many of the outlying buildings were constructed during the s under the leadership of the Reverend Rochester Johnson.

During its centennial year, the church buried a time capsule near the front steps. In , the church was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

The Historic Chattahoochee Commission placed a historic marker at the church in Marshall has led the church since In , structural problems with the original sanctuary forced the congregation to vacate the church. Recently, the congregation accepted a renovation plan put forth by a Montgomery construction firm.

Until such time as these renovations are completed, the congregation meets at Carver Magnet School nearby. In , the church purchased this lot on Chickasaw Street and erected the current structure.

This building was completed in and the church renamed First Missionary Baptist Church of Dothan. The first school in Dothan was located at the corner of South Oates and Washington streets. By , area students could attend both elementary and high school. Rose Hill was converted to an elementary school.

The building in this photograph burned in and was rebuilt the following year. Dothan High School remained at the Burdeshaw Street location until the late s, when it relocated to its. The Library was originally the Minnie T. Heard Elementary School, which opened in The steady growth of the area in the early 20th century soon made it necessary to open another high school in Dothan.

After several years of planning, the city is preparing to renovate the Houston-Love Library. When their restaurant, The Shamrock see page 73 , closed, the Sullivan family donated the old sign to Dothan High School. These photos show the transformation of the sign. North Highlands School was a local school for African American children. Board of Education in began to put an end to segregated education in America.

Montana Street School opened in the late s to house black elementary and middle school students. It opened on Lake Street in School desegregation in closed Carver High. Montana Street School has evolved into a magnet school.

Brothers Frank and Francis Meeker worked alongside each other for years in their grocery store. One day, a young man entered the store with a gun intending on robbing the men. But he underestimated the store owners, who had both fought in World War II.

Frank and Francis pelted the would-be robber with canned goods until he ran out of the store. Sites like this building are often overlooked in local preservation efforts in favor of more renowned structures like public buildings and historic homes. Moody opened a small infirmary on North Alice Street in The first Moody Hospital was a small wooden structure with only a few beds.

As his finances allowed, Moody added additional wings to the building. In , he constructed the building seen in this photograph.

It was in this location in that Moody administered the first doses of penicillin in Alabama history. Moody Hospital closed in the mids.

Waid, Holmes, and Associates, a local architecture firm, purchased the site and kept their offices in the old hospital for many years. The building has been maintained remarkably well, no doubt thanks to its current owner, architect Robert M. The first home, with its two-story Greek Revival portico and balustrade, was owned by Phillip N. Steadman Spann by J.

The Brown family owned the home on the far right. With their third brother Henry, Phillip and Steadman Spann owned the highly profitable Spann Farm, 1, acres five miles west of Dothan known for producing a wealth of cotton.

They also owned a general mercantile store in Brannon Stand near their fields. Originally from South Carolina, the Spann brothers ran a successful naval stores business in Fountain, Florida, before coming to Dothan in This photograph of Highland Elementary was taken shortly after the building was completed in the s.

Highland was one of several schools built in the early 20th century in an effort to keep up with the growing community.

Spann Farm, however, is now one of the wealthiest residential subdivisions in the city. However, the original buildings are still in use. As more settlers arrived in the Poplar Head community during the mids, circuit-riding Methodist ministers began traveling to the crossroads to hold church services. Early Dothan settlers W. Folkes would open their homes to these traveling ministers.

By , there was a small congregation in the community. In , the church was placed under the care of the Headland Mission. A few years later, Folkes and Baxley donated land for the first church, which was located between Foster and St. The church, originally named Foster Street. Methodist, was a long, one-room building that boasted stained-glass windows, an organ and a belfry.

The little church grew in tandem with the community. In fact, many of the Methodist churches in Dothan today can trace their roots to old Foster Street. In , the church hosted a tenday revival service led by evangelist Bob Jones.

A decade later, the congregation voted to renovate and expand the church. This photograph shows the current sanctuary, located at the northwest corner of West Main and Park streets, in the s. As the congregation continued to grow, it became apparent that a larger building was needed. In , the congregation voted to relocate to a new sanctuary on West Main Street, the building seen in both of these photographs.

When the new building opened in August , there were almost 1, members. The sprawling church on West Main Street remains one of the most active churches in Dothan. The first Jewish settlers arrived in Dothan around However, the first Jewish congregation was not organized until October The following January, Temple Emanu-El became a legally constituted body. The members purchased a lot on North Park Avenue and made plans to build their. That same year, they held their first High Holy Day service.

The onset of the Great Depression put any construction plans on hold, and the members held services in rented space until September In , the congregation dedicated the Nathan Greenberg Gallery, which displays art and artifacts relating to the history of Judaism.

The temple grounds are beautifully maintained. Tourist camps often sprang up along well-traveled roads. They provided a respite for weary travelers and, at the same time, helped to promote the local community.

Visitors to the Kat-O-Log could enjoy a chicken dinner for 50 cents. Or, for the very hungry traveler, a steak for 65 cents, both, of course, served with an ice-cold Coca-Cola. Since the time when the photo of the Tourist Camp was taken, Dothan and Houston County have grown immensely. Graceba, a locally based telecommunications company, built the current structure in In , Knology Corporation purchased Graceba. For its time, the Shamrock was quite novel.

In addition to the eye-catching design, the restaurant featured 50cent hamburgers and a special green soft drink. By , competition from a nearby fast food chain restaurant forced.

It was soon replaced by another chain restaurant, the Western Sizzler. Sullivan family still owns this lot, a prime piece of real estate at one of the busiest intersections in town.

The China Star now occupies this location. Bates was a tireless advocate for a Dothan airport. Bates served as a city councilman and later as mayor, from until In , during his long tenure, Bates oversaw the purchase of land for a new municipal airport.

The following year, workers from the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal program, began construction on the airport. It was at first a primitive airport with grass runways. Waddell built this home on his acre farm two miles west of presentday downtown Dothan. Waddell lived in the home for more than 50 years, and he and his wife, Gypsy Hall Waddell, raised three children there.

Leska Waddell died in Like many early structures in the area, the Waddell House was endangered by the expansive growth of Dothan. In , the Waddell family donated the home and several outbuildings to the Dothan Landmarks Foundation. The following year, contractors carefully lifted the old home from its foundation and relocated it to the Landmarks Center for Natural Science and History, now known as Landmark Park.

After the airport relocated to Napier Field, northwest of Dothan, the city constructed Westgate Park at the site of the old airport. In , William Fritter purchased the property and opened the pond and grounds as a recreational area for local families.

The small building in the background contained an old jukebox that provided the soundtrack to many summers. The east wing of the old Fairyland burned.

Kelly Springs was another popular swimming hole in the area in the era before swimming pools became popular. Located in the northwest portion of the county, Kelly Springs was a popular attraction for airmen stationed at nearby Napier Field during World War II.

This photograph was taken in Rudolphus Jordon , seated in the photograph, was a Georgia native. He operated a brick kiln across from this house. A small picket fence has replaced the larger wooden fence in the original photograph. No doubt the original fence served a utilitarian purpose of helping to keep out livestock.

The shingled roof has been replaced with metal, an alteration that surely has helped keep the old home intact. The school was later renamed in honor of Bishop Willard Francis Mallilieu. Mallilieu Seminary was one of the only institutions of its kind in the Wiregrass.

Mallilieu Seminary closed in October , after the Methodist Episcopal Church North could no longer support the institution financially. The Rogers home near the railroad station at Williams Station near Columbia is a modest Victorian home. It features detailed spindle-work on the front porch and gingerbread brackets surrounding the door.

Rocking chairs and a swing adorn the front porch, beckoning visitors. Yet even with these changes, the home retains much of its original charm, thanks to the intricate woodwork on the porch and the inviting swing. Descendants of the Rogers family still own the home. Columbia was established along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in River access transformed the town into a commercial hub of southeast Alabama. A branch courthouse opened in Columbia in , the same year Dothan was founded.

Residents of the old port city carried on a healthy competition with Dothan during the s and s. When the votes to create a new county in Although much has changed in the old port city, Columbia retains much of its appeal. The company had two hydroelectric plants on the creek.

The structure seen here was the Bates plant, named in honor of E. Bates, a Columbia pioneer, located just off Highway At its peak, the plant provided Dothan with all of its hydroelectric power. The company expanded in and changed its name to the Georgia-Alabama Power Company.

In late April , heavy rains swelled the waters of Omussee Creek. The rising tides destroyed the old Bates plant and a covered bridge located nearby. Damage to the plant was so severe that Alabama Power chose not to repair it. William Henry Purcell , seen in this picture on the far right, built this imposing Victorian home in Columbia in and named it Travelers Rest.

For the last several years, the house has served as a bed and breakfast called the Garden Path Inn. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Wiregrass boasted a lucrative hog market. Hogs are particularly fond of the starchy tap root of longleaf yellow pine trees, and they would have found these in abundance in present day Houston County in the early s.

Early settlers would let their hogs and cattle roam wild in the dense forests. The area hog industry enjoyed a bit of a revival after area farmers. The arrival of the Alabama Midland Railroad fostered the growth of the local livestock markets like this one in Ashford.

This photograph was taken at the depot in downtown Ashford in January According to newspaper accounts, local farmers sold almost 1, hogs that day. The Ashford Depot was one of the few structures to survive a devastating fire in and remained in use until During the s, a group of concerned citizens organized a preservation committee to save the depot from destruction.

The committee received grants to replace the roof and succeeded in having the facility listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. After his election in , Mayor Bobby Alloway intensified preservation efforts. A small museum and several original pieces of railroad equipment are located inside, and the depot now serves as a popular venue for parties and banquets.

More importantly, it stands as a shining example of historic preservation and community involvement. Wright opened his drug store in downtown Ashford on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Midland Street in This photograph was taken in the early s. While the town of Ashford has seen many changes since the s, the old Wright Building remains largely unchanged.

This circa photograph shows Sanitary Dairy, located on U. Highway 84 between Dothan and Ashford. Dairy Fresh Corporation purchased Sanitary Dairy in the late s. The company is the largest milk distributor in the region.

Note the changes in the holding towers for the milk in the two photos. On the left is the Pan-Am gas station and W. Another gas station and the Cottonwood theatre are located on the right. Far fewer businesses occupy this stretch of downtown Cottonwood today. The Liberty gas station on the right is also closed. Bright spots remain, however, including the everpopular Bearland Video and Gifts and the old Mrs.

Members of the Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department, circa The fire truck on the left is a Chevrolet. The one on the right is a mucholder Ford. The descendents of many of these men still live in the community today. The old firemen would have surely marveled at the modern equipment used by the department today. One has to imagine that the old Gordon jail was once much more secure than it was when this photograph was taken in the later s, years after the building had been abandoned.

The woman in the photograph is Willene Marsh. The Marshes were one of the first families to move to Gordon, serving as bankers and businessmen. The old structure still stands but is mostly obscured by overgrown brush.

Like many structures throughout the county, the jail stands as a reminder of the men and women like the Marshes who transformed the land from a wilderness frontier into a thriving center of business and agriculture. Green was the first pastor of Gordon Methodist Church. This brick structure was completed in when John W. Thanks to the quick actions of local residents, the church itself was saved from the blaze. Very few changes have been made to the exterior of the pleasant little country church.

It was a modest beginning in a small log cabin situated on a welltraveled path to Panama City, Florida. The family later deeded the home and land to the church. The original sanctuary apparently had two front doors, one for men and another for women. It was in that building in that an year-old boy named Bob Jones had his conversion experience. The original sanctuary was demolished in the late s to make way for widening Brannon Stand Road. The building seen in this photograph replaced the original church.

The church added a Sunday School wing to the building in and 20 years later, bricked the building. Taylor Baptist Church began as a Methodist church in the early 20th century. The building was abandoned after suffering severe damage during a storm in Parker purchased the building in the s and moved it to its current location where he used it as a junk shop. This photograph was taken in , hours before construction workers separated the original sanctuary from the addition and moved it to a new location on the same property.

The old concrete slab in the foreground denotes the original location of the church. The community sprang up near the intersection of two major Wiregrass roads, and in the last 50 years has experienced a population boom.

It was the first high school for the community. Previously, students had to travel to Slocomb or far-away Columbia to have access to a high school education. This photo was taken from the Rehobeth High School yearbook. The chimneys have been removed; otherwise the exterior of the building remains largely unchanged over the last 50 years. Concept rendering of streetscape project funded by a federal Economic Development Initiative grant and planned for the block of North Foster Street.

Concept rendering of a mini-plaza proposed as part of the streetscape project noted above. This s-era photo shows the J. Penney building, located on the corner of Troy and Foster streets. The Kress store had been an anchor of the downtown business district since the mids.

The oldest boys from a family of eight, Earl G. While working for a sash and door company, they heard stories about a growing city nearby. Their glass business, Dothan Glass Company, was first. After several years, they moved to the block of North Saint Andrews Street and in , to their present location on South Oates Street. At first, the shop struggled with insufficient resources. But the Pitmans built their business on honesty and fairness, and as that word spread, business grew.

They soon found their niche in Dothan and the surrounding area. The Pitman brothers opened a shop in Pensacola in and one in Panama City in to give two younger Pitman siblings an opportunity to work. The business was incorporated in , and in the two Florida stores and one in Mobile, owned by a brother-in-law, were brought into the corporation.

The company provided opportunities for sons and nephews of the founders for a number of years as it grew. In , the company purchased the stock of the senior members, which transferred ownership to Earl Pitman Jr. Sonny Savage retired and sold his interest to the company in In ,Tom McClendon, who had served as a corporate officer and manager of the Dothan store, retired. The company is now owned by Earl Pitman Jr. Buddy attributes the success of the business to the blessings of God and the fact that they have offered quality products with excellent service and professional installation.

This has earned them a good reputation at each location. They offer residential and commercial glazing as well as auto glass replacement and repair. The largest store is in Pensacola, with most of the business coming from major construction projects that range from commercial buildings to schools and colleges as well as high-rise condominiums along the Gulf Coast.

Over the years, Dothan Glass Company has seen many changes in all three areas of the industry, residential, commercial and automobile.

The auto glass business is also different. Current alliances between insurance companies and national glass companies make it tough for the local guys, but Dothan Glass Company overcomes this obstacle by encouraging people to request the local shop when they need work done.

The company has also stayed competitive in the commercial glazing business by keeping pace with the newest technologies. The company has employees including 45 at the Dothan locations.

According to Buddy, the company rarely has to use outside recruiters. Buddy hopes Dothan Glass Company will continue to serve the needs of the community, just like his business has always done.

We stand behind our work. The family has been very active in the Baptist church, the Rotary Club and in other facets of the community. Support of the city recreation department has been constant since its beginning, with Dothan Glass team members serving on the board of directors and coaching baseball and soccer teams, and the company sponsoring little league teams.

As a testament to the dedication of the family and the company, the baseball field near Rip Hughes Stadium is named Pitman Field after Earl and O.

What started as a small company that defied the odds of the time and focused on filling a need in the community has grown into the largest business in its field in the area. The goal of Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority is to provide convenience and stellar service to the Wiregrass region.

In , the city of Dothan jumped on the chance to build its first airport. The Dothan Municipal Airport, owned by the city of Dothan, was opened. Eastern Airlines served Dothan until when Southern Airways began flight service. Today, Water World sits where the original airport once did, with the old terminal building still standing. It was named in honor of Major Edward L.

Even today, traces of this history can be seen in the triangular layout of the original runways, a typical design from the World War II era. In , after World War II, the military deactivated the training field, and the land went to the city of Dothan and Houston County, even though the property was located in Dale County.

Part of the land went to build George C. The other part became Dothan Airport. The airfield was in a rural area, so rural that its runways had to be checked for cows before planes could safely take off.

Yet, since this out-of-the-way location offered plenty of room for expansion, it was the perfect place for Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority Inc. Runways were extended to better service Southern Airways new jets, and Dothan Airport opened for business in with 1, acres of land, a 6,foot runway, a 5,foot secondary runway and a 20,square-foot terminal building.

Later, in , the 6,foot runway would be extended to an 8,foot all-weather runway. This structure allows tenants to pay rent to the airport instead of the airport being funded by.

Dick Bell served as chairman from to , the longest tenure as a chairman in the history of the airport. Currently, four members serve four-year terms on DothanHouston County Airport Authority, and no tax dollars fund the airport. In the s, the city limits of Dothan were extended to include Dothan Airport, and the airport terminal was eventually named the Bishop Stephens Terminal Building after Stephens and Bishop.

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