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The marker reads: "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 documents show the town name was spelled two different ways: Dothen and Dothan. The city fathers finally settled on the spelling to coincide with the Bible passage “For I heard them say ‘Let us go to Dothan’” (Genesis 37:17) when the town was officially incorporated on November 10, 1885. ERECTED BY THE HISTORIC CHATTAHOOCHEE COMMISSION AND WIREGRASS MUSEUM OF ART HOUSTON COUNTY KIWANIS CLUB THE DOWNTOWN GROUP 2001". Top of the sign: Historic Chattahoochee Commission Alabama-Georgia emblem.

Latitude, Longitude

31 deg 13' 26.54", 85 deg 23' 20.56"

Rights Statement


Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida –Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida – Jacksonville; Dothan (Ala.); Poplar Head Spring (Dothan, Ala.); Historic markers -- Alabama -- Houston County; Historic Chattahoochee Commission


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