Historic Markers Across Alabama



The Naming of Dothan



Marker ID: HCC 
Location: Located at Millennium Park, Dothan, Alabama.
County: Houston
Coordinates: N 31° 13.439    W 085° 23.343
  31.22398333    -85.38905
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6EEX
 



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SIDE 1
Near the location of Poplar Head Park (200 feet west of this marker) was once a large spring surrounded by poplar trees. Two well-beaten trails crossed near the spring and the area was often used as a camping and resting place for Native Americans and early settlers. In the early 1800's William Cawthon, from Georgia, built a corral for his cattle near the spring and the area first became known as "Cawthon's Cowpen." Later, several families built log cabins nearby and dubbed the little settlement "Poplar Head" due to poplar trees and spring.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Wiregrass Museum of Art, Houston County Kiwanis Club, The Downtown Group, 2001.


SIDE 2:
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 or Dothan. The city fathers finally settled on the spelling to coincide with the Bible passage "For I heard them say 'Let us go down 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.



Notes:

Marker Dedication or Erection Date: May 30, 2001




End of The Naming of Dothan